In other words the three states of this area, Amazonas, Bolivar and Delta Amacuro are rather different states, fringe states, and in more ways than one. So I put them together lacking any other justification than the Orinoco.
We can start by the Delta of the Orinoco, the easiest one of the three to discuss. Two years ago I did some travelling there and I saw with my own eyes how the native Americans were dependent form the central power and how chavismo slowly but surely tried to brain wash the natives. Then again I was also told how the new chavista bureaucracy was starting to be seen with the same scorn as they saw the "criollos" before, the ones that think they know better how to live in delta swampland and come to give orders to the locals. But economic reality being what it is, late in 2008 chavismo was able to sweep the state without any trouble, helped along by a divided opposition, and by a compliant CNE who reported some of the weirdest electoral results of the country there. I mean, do the Warao actually bother to vote themselves? And let's not even go to 2009 when the state had the biggest margin of victory for Chavez in spite of all of its problems.
In truth, organizing any sort of campaign in the state will be tough because all is by boat or airplane. Of all the national luminaries the only one I know went to Pedernales for the campaign was Leopoldo Lopez. Then again he seems to make it a virtue of going where no other politician goes, not even Chavez. I am afraid that it will not be enough and the four seats should go to the PSUV. Then again a well put challenge at Tucupita and Pedernales might be enough to pull an upset for the opposition that could take a seat list. Veronica Brito is a youthful and appealing candidate with clear indigenous good looks. Let's give her a too close to call for effort.
Total Delta Amacuro: 3 PSUV, 1 too close to call.
This is the next state top discuss because it only elects 3 seats and it is relatively easy to discuss: same codependency tot he central power as Delta Amacuro even if the tribes are not the same. And in 2009 it gave the second largest majority to Chavez. Yet it is not a shoo in for the regime: after all there is quite a division among candidates with independents running, with the PPT upset at the PSUV in state where for some obscure reason it did get votes on occasion (39% of the state voted for Chavez in 2006 through the PPT sticker!). On the other hand it is also a state ruled by the army and the guerrilla so I wonder how the opposition or the PPT or the independent candidates will be able to make sure votes are adequately counted, amen of been adequately cast.
I am going to go on a limb here since there is really no rationale way to evaluate this state (and I tried it!). I am going to give one list vote for the PSUV and the other two seats will be too close to call. After all it is a state with increasing problems, increased neglect of the indigenous population, the more so that many missionaries have been expelled as they were in some areas the only source of comfort and protection.
Total Amazonas: 1 PSUV, 2 too close to call
And now we come to our largest state, by far. This is also our heavy industry state because we found great spots for massive electrical damns and enough iron worth mining and melting with that hydroelectric power. That is until mismanagement of the country by 10 years of chavismo created an electric recession as one turbine of Guri dam after another went out of service and the government had to start shutting downs steel ovens and aluminium cells to avoid putting the country in the dark. Well, it did not manage to save the country for the dark as most parts but Caracas get regularly several hours of power outage a week even if the vice-president announced a few days ago that the electric crisis was over.
Bolivar must become over time the textbook of how the Bolivarian Revolution failed, at all levels. Chavez, flush from his electoral victory of 2006, started nationalizing and re-nationalizing all sorts of business in Bolivar, including SIDOR our biggest steel mill. Workers were delirious at first, thinking that they would be better off, without noticing what was the already degraded working and production conditions of the aluminium industry, which was never privatized because no one wanted to buy it. Soon the honey moon ended and for at least one year Bolivar has been a hot bed of protest. And these have been aggravated when state owned utilities (it is the land producing 70% of our electricity) started being run on political basis rather than technical ones. When chavismo eschewed competence for ideological servitude all went to hell and the workers of Bolivar are on the front row to see that by themselves, the more so that chavismo is busy trying to disband whistle blowing trade unions.
As such Bolivar has become a surprise plum picking for the opposition, the more so that this one seems to be running united, to the point of running for reelection former PPT representative, Pastora Medina, on top of the ticket district 2. In 2008 a divided opposition failed to carry a state where a untied front would have probably motivated enough people to vote and carry the day. As such the opposition barely missed unseating Rangel, the incompetent and venal current governor of the PSUV. By applying just the 5% rule of chavismo drop, the opposition should carry 2 of the three districts for a total of 5 seats. And the 6th seat of district 3 is close though it is like in rural Venezuela very dependent on the state social programs.
Yet it is a little bit too early to count them in the opposition column: the 2007 and 2009 referenda were carried without too much trouble by Chavez. Certainly now his impact would be less and he is becoming scarce in the area as enough blue collars have shown readiness to protest his visits and demand what the state owes them. Bolivar has been hurt too much since 2008 and the opposition has cleaned up its dismal act of 2008. I am not ready to give them the 3 districts but I will already give the Ciudad Bolivar district 1 headed Andres Velazquez, one of the candidates of 2008. After all there is enough anger in Bolivar that if there is one state that should have witnesses at every voting table it should be Bolivar.
The vote list here elects 2 seats, one for each side.
Total Bolivar: 1 PSUV, 1 LCR, 1 AD, 1 UNT, 3 leaning opposition, 1 too close to call