CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ President Hugo Chavez's leftist coalition won an overwhelming majority of a constitutional assembly in nationwide elections Sunday, giving the former coup leader vast new power to carry out his ``social revolution.''

With 78 percent of the vote counted, Chavez's Patriotic Pole coalition had 119 of the assembly's 128 seats up for grabs Sunday, according to official results from the National Electoral Council.

The two biggest vote getters were Chavez's wife, Marisabel, and his former chief of staff, Alfredo Pena.