Chavez supporters waved flags in the streets today as exit polls showed him winning a referendum by six to eight points, Reuters reports. Anti-Chavez forces rejected the numbers, leaked by government-connected sources. "According to our information, it is a statistical tie," said the popular mayor of Caracas. He called the difference "two points up, two points down."
The polls put the pro-Chavez vote at 53-54% and opposition at 46-47%. Pre-vote surveys called the ballot a dead heat, but students and political parties who oppose Chavez have lost most votes against him and botched a coup five years ago. Analysts predict the opposition may contest today's results and spark violence in the streets. "(The vote) will deepen divisions and polarization," one student said.