There has been a mixed bag of results for the left-wing party of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in high-profile regional elections.
On the positive side for the larger-than-life leader, his allies have won at least 17 of 22 states up for grabs.
Chavez remains personally popular after a decade in power. He has campaigned for his loyalists across the country, with the ballot widely seen as a test of public support for his self-styled socialist revolution.
But it has not all gone the Venezuelan president’s way in a vote that was extended because of the high turnout.
The opposition has scored victories in important power centres. It has held onto two states it won in the last regional poll,four years ago. And it has taken the capital Caracas from government control.
Mixed results for Chavez in regional poll