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A TV blitz produces an upset

Car horns sounded a deafening tattoo in the streets of Caracas last week as Venezuelans hailed the outcome of their fifth free presidential election in 20 years. The surprise result: a defeat for the ruling left-liberal Acción Democrática Party, the country's dominant political organization.

The winner, portly, avuncular Lawyer-Politician Luis Herrera Campins, 53, leader of the centrist Social Christian Party, got some 47% of the vote. That put him well ahead of the field of nine other candidates, including Acción Democrática's Luis Piñerua Ordaz, 57, who won...

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