Puerto la Cruz notebook: Capriles winning the music campaign?

I talked to Julio Bucán, who was selling CDs on the street of the campaign jingles of Capriles and Chávez. He says Capriles is selling better (and I don’t see anything that would make me doubt his objectivity…oh wait).

Also, I rode around in sound trucks for both sides. Hard to say which got more cheers as we went through different areas with different pedestrian densities.

Now just watch all the Capriles supporters who got pissed at my prior observation come back and love me.


18 thoughts on “Puerto la Cruz notebook: Capriles winning the music campaign?

  1. Carlos

    Hey, I am going to Washington DC this weekend to get a feel of who is going to win the coming US elections. I will be walking down a few streets and talking to a few people, and based on this experience will be reporting on my blog who I think is going to win in November…

  2. Lucia

    Hey, what is up with the gratuitous reader-bashing? I’m sure you know that for many of your readers, this election is…well, it’s pretty meaningful. That you were offering only casual observations is not the problem — it’s the hinting at broader conclusions that got everyone up in arms. A few hours of strolling around, and you were ready to say Team Capriles is losing the passion game. Maybe not so terrible…except it feels like you’re spoiling for a fight. What gives? Why over-react to over-reactions? If you want to offer interesting anecdotes from an interesting place at a very interesting time…all your readers will thank you…but maybe keep the broader guesses as to what–it-all-means to yourself.

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      Hi Lucia, Fair comment. I still think the Carlos comment is silly. There is no comparison in electoral importance between the Libertador-Miranda corridor (what, 20% of the country’s vote?) vs. anywhere in Washington DC. And I wasn’t making any sort of prediction about election outcomes. Even in person, I’m loath to do that. I really have no idea which way this is all going. Anyway we’ll see soon enough…

  3. ECG

    Judging from the picture, you went right by where I work. Enjoy your stay in PLC.

    Polls or observation have not been helpful this time to have a feel for who will win. It’s likely to be very close and it will make for a lot of excitement Sunday night – Monday morning.

    My own observations lean towards a Capriles win. The “chatter” seems to be about Capriles. A lot of small talk on the street is interjected with “hay un camino”. Although I try to be – and usually are – pretty objective, I’m the first to admit that I move in a more pro-Capriles enviroment and hence may be getting a distorted view. Nevertheless this hasn’t changed and I didn’t get this impression in past elections: Chavez was always clearly ahead in before.

    We’ll see what happens. It should be fun for you as a reporter.

    Best of luck.

  4. Cort Greene

    Well after watching live the massive campaign rally in Caracas for Chavez on UStream of over 1 million people and the large rallies he had in 7 other states this week, I would say its all over but the crying for the oppo’s, chatter boxes on the right and the chronically clueless=Chavez by 10 points.

    Rojo Rojito

    1. Jimbob

      If the size of rallies is any indication, Capriles is sure to win. Subtract all the people “encouraged” to attend Chavez’s rallies and it looks even better for Capriles.

  5. locojhon

    What is most amazing to me about all this noise is the total lack of claims of election fraud. Perhaps this is why: “In Venezuela, voters touch a computer screen to cast their vote and then receive a paper receipt, which they verify and deposit in a ballot box. Most of the paper ballots are compared with the electronic tally. This system makes vote-rigging nearly impossible: to steal the vote would require hacking the computers and then stuffing the ballot boxes to match the rigged vote.” From here: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32650.htm

    Congratulations, Venezuela–you have an electoral system that really counts the votes, as opposed to this debacle/disgrace/disenfranchisement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_v._Gore

      1. locojhon

        Good digging with that url–I hadn’t seen/heard of it before.
        It will be interesting to see how the ptb (CNE) respond to those charges.
        And ensure they don’t happen again no matter who is running the show.

        1. sapitosetty Post author

          They have had months to reply since Andrés first published his findings on the cédula numbers. They haven’t replied and I would bet that they won’t. As he says, all they have done is change some names.

  6. Dr. Faustus

    To: Setty

    Stay safe!

    If there is any rioting on Monday or Tuesday, hunker down in a place that has 4 solid walls. Also, don’t forget to stock-up on food and water as well.

    1. Jimbob

      If Chavez wins legitimately, there will be no unrest. If Capriles wins and Chavez concedes, there will be minimal violence. If Capriles wins and Chavez rejects the result, any violence will be initiated by Chavistas. They have all the weapons, after all. The opposition are in no position to fight.

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