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Pro-government candidates dominate Venezuelan election; opposition cries foul

Pro-government candidates dominate Venezuelan election; opposition cries foul

Candidates loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won at least 17 of 23 governorships up for grabs in Sunday’s elections, according to the National Electoral Council, but opposition leaders immediately rejected the tally, citing exit polls that indicated their candidates won many states.

Voter preference polls published prior to Sunday’s vote showed opposition candidates leading in a majority of Venezuelan states. But turnout was a question mark in light of various measures taken by the Maduro government that critics said were designed to confuse anti-Maduro voters.

National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena said conclusive results for 22 of 23 states had...

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