Chavez party picks candidates in primary

Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — A television talk show host, a former mayor of Caracas and President Hugo Chavez’s older brother are among the winners of the ruling party’s primary.

More than a million members of Chavez’s party cast ballots in the Sunday vote, nominating candidates for 23 state governorships and 337 municipal offices up for grabs in November. Most are already held by Chavez allies.

Chavez’s brother Adan will be the party’s gubernatorial candidate in their home state of Barinas, where their father is now governor.

Venezuela’s fractured opposition is hoping to unite to hand Chavez his second electoral loss in November, after defeating proposed constitutional reforms last year that would have scrapped term limits and let Chavez run for re-election indefinitely.

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