Update Venezuela: The October 7, 2012, Presidential Elections
In one of the most closely watched elections in Latin America, Venezuelans will go to the polls on October 7, 2012, to choose a president for the next six-year term. With only weeks to go, most—but not all—polls show President Hugo Chávez leading his opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski, who has posed the most serious challenge to Chávez since he took office in 1998.
Joining us to discuss the electoral context, the issues that are shaping voters’ choices, as well as the broader significance of this election for Venezuela’s future, were three distinguished experts:
· Luis Vicente León, Datanálisis, Caracas (León will present the results of the final Datanálisis poll prior to October 7)
· David Smilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Georgia, and Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America
· David Myers, Associate Professor of Political Science, Penn State University
We thank those who were able to join us for this important discussion.