1978 Venezuelan presidential election

Venezuelan presidential election, 1978

← 1973 3 December 1978 1983 →
Turnout87.6%
  Luis Herrera Campins.jpg Luis Maria Piñerua Ordaz.jpg Jose Vicente Rangel.png
Nominee Luis Herrera Campins Luis Piñerúa Ordaz José Rangel
Party COPEI Democratic Action MAS
Home state Lara Monagas Caracas
Popular vote 2,487,318 2,309,577 276,083
Percentage 46.6% 43.3% 5.18%

President before election

Carlos Andrés Pérez
Democratic Action

Elected President

Luis Herrera Campins
COPEI

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General elections were held in Venezuela on 3 December 1978.[1] The presidential elections were won by Luis Herrera Campins of Copei, who received 46.6% of the vote.[2] Although Copei received more votes, Democratic Action won the most seats in the Venezuelan Chamber of Deputies, whilst the two parties won 21 seats each in the Venezuelan Senate. Voter turnout was 87.6%.[3]

Results[]

President[]

Candidate Party Votes %
Luis Herrera Campins Copei-URD-FDP-OPINA 2,487,318 46.6
Luis Piñerúa Ordaz Democratic Action 2,309,577 43.3
José Vicente Rangel MAS-VUC 276,083 5.2
Diego Arria Common Cause-MDT 90,060 1.7
Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa People's Electoral Movement 59,747 1.2
Américo Martín Revolutionary Left Movement 52,287 1.0
Héctor Mujica Communist Party of Venezuela 29,305 0.5
Leonardo Montiel Ortega National Renewal Movement 13,918 0.3
Alejandro Gómez Nationalist Unity Front 8,337 0.2
Pablo Salas Castillo Nationalist Civic Crusade 6,081 0.1
Invalid/blank votes 116,888
Total 5,449,601 100
Source: Nohlen

Congress[]

Party Votes % Seats
Chamber +/- Senate +/-
Copei 2,103,004 39.8 84 +20 21 +8
Democratic Action 2,096,512 39.7 88 -14 21 -7
Movement for Socialism 325,328 6.2 11 +2 2 0
Revolutionary Left Movement 123,915 2.3 4 +3 0 0
People's Electoral Movement 117,455 2.2 4 -4 0 -2
Democratic Republican Union 88,807 1.7 3 -2 0 -1
Common Cause 85,432 1.6 1 New 0 New
National Integration Movement 83,700 1.6 1 New 0 New
Communist Party of Venezuela 55,168 1.0 1 -1 0 0
Communist Unitarian Vanguard 46,547 0.9 1 New 0 New
Socialist League 30,191 0.6 1 New 0 New
National Renewal Movement 26,235 0.5 0 New 0 New
Labour Movement 22,966 0.4 0 New 0 New
Popular Democratic Front 13,697 0.3 0 0 0 0
Nationalist Unity Front 12,986 0.2 0 0 0 0
Radical Cause 12,573 0.2 0 New 0 New
Nationalist Civic Crusade 10,906 0.2 0 -7 0 -1
Revolutionary Action Group 9,034 0.2 0 New 0 New
National Opinion 7,961 0.2 0 -1 0 0
Independents for Community Development 6,719 0.1 0 New 0 New
Other parties 3,753 0.1 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 166,901
Total 5,449,790 100 199 -1 44 -3
Source: Nohlen
Popular vote
COPEI
39.81%
AD
39.68%
MAS
6.16%
MIR
2.35%
MEP
2.22%
URD
1.68%
CC
1.62%
MIN
1.58%
PCV
1.04%
Others
3.85%
Seats (Chamber)
AD
44.22%
COPEI
42.21%
MAS
5.53%
MIR
2.01%
MEP
2.01%
URD
1.51%
CC
0.50%
MIN
0.50%
PCV
0.50%
Others
1.01%

References[]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p555 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3
  2. ^ Nohlen, p581
  3. ^ Nohlen, p556