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  • RISING STAR: Independent activist Maria Corina Machado poses with a supporter Monday after being elected to Venezuela's National Assembly. She has been touted as a challenger to President Hugo Chavez. (Associated Press)

    Chavez opponents make gains

    Venezuelan opponents of President Hugo Chavez cheered Sunday's election results, in which a newly unified opposition gained a significant bloc of seats in the country's National Assembly and apparently a majority of the popular vote.

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  • He said opposition groups coordinated to run just one candidate in each district, avoiding the vote-splitting that had damaged their campaign against Mr. Chavez in previous elections.

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  • "There's no question that this is a victory for Venezuela's opposition," said Adam Isacson, senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America. "They did about as well as the polls were projecting, but many assumed that electoral machinations would have given [Mr. Chavez's party] a few points' more advantage."

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