I admit I had my doubts about Chavez, even though I like much of what he's done. But, from what I've read this was a very honest election, with more openness than our own elections. (I read on left wing blogs that their was open source code for electronic voting, for instance.) Indeed, perhaps we have something to learn from the Venezuelans in this regard. Let's hope Chavez really does respect the results as he appears to have done. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071203/ts_nm/venezuela_referendum_dc_30 CARACAS (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez crashed to an unprecedented vote defeat on Monday as Venezuelans narrowly rejected his bid to run for re-election indefinitely and accelerate his socialist revolution in the OPEC nation. In a fiercely contested referendum on Sunday, voters said "No" to a raft of reforms that would have scrapped term limits on Chavez's rule, boosted his powers to expropriate private property and allowed him to censor the media in emergencies. The "No" camp won with about 51 percent of the vote, beating the anti-U.S. president who scored around 49 percent support, election officials said early on Monday. Used to winning national votes easily, Chavez conceded defeat but said he would "continue in the battle to build socialism."