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Victory behind bars? How imprisoning politicians in Venezuela could backfire.

Venezuela currently has 77 people imprisoned for political reasons. But in a show of defiance toward the government, two prisoners scored spots on the opposition ballot in upcoming National Assembly elections.

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Venezuelan congressional candidate Daniel Ceballos wasn’t out corralling voters prior to Sunday’s primary election here. He didn’t brandish his youthful smile for photo-ops, shake hands, or kiss babies. Mr. Ceballos’s wife tweeted on Election Day that she hadn’t heard from her husband in 48 hours. In fact, no one had.