Following socialist candidate Luis Arce\u0026#039;s resounding victory in Bolivia\u0026#039;s high-stakes and closely watched presidential election, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday applauded the people of the South American nation for persisting in their \u0022difficult, year-long fight to restore democracy\u0022 in the wake of last year\u0026#039;s military coup that ousted Evo Morales and installed a vicious right-wing regime.\u0022The Bolivian people made their voices heard in yesterday\u0026#039;s election,\u0022 tweeted Sanders, who was among the first members of Congress to condemn the military coup, which was openly applauded by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers and abetted by the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS).\u0022As minister of economy, Mr. Arce helped slash poverty and inequality,\u0022 the Vermont senator added, referring to Arce\u0026#039;s role in Morales\u0026#039; government. \u0022I congratulate him on his victory and wish him well.\u0022The Bolivian people made their voices heard in yesterday’s election after a difficult, year-long fight to restore democracy. As minister of economy, Mr. Arce helped slash poverty and inequality. I congratulate him on his victory and wish him well. https://t.co/YeKGB8gqxq— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 19, 2020Exit polls released Monday showed Arce with such a large lead in the contest that Carlos Mesa, Arce\u0026#039;s closest competitor, was forced to concede defeat.\u0022The results from the quick count are overwhelming and very clear,\u0022 said Mesa, who served as president of Bolivia from 2003 to 2005. \u0022It\u0026#039;s a result that we accept and it\u0026#039;s a result that we believe, because of the difference between the first and second [finishers], will not be modified when we know the final results.\u0022U.S. Rep. Jesús \u0022Chuy\u0022 García (D-Ill.) joined Sanders on Monday in celebrating \u0022the triumph of true democracy\u0022 in Bolivia and demanded \u0022justice for those persecuted and killed under the Áñez regime,\u0022 which seized power following the ouster of Morales and promptly unleashed violent military repression against anti-coup demonstrators.Celebrations for the restoration of democracy in Bolivia at 2am. pic.twitter.com/FOOInqEFhL— Camila (@camilateleSUR) October 19, 2020As The Intercept\u0026#039;s Glenn Greenwald wrote Monday afternoon, \u0022It looks as though the margin of victory delivered to [the Movement Toward Socialism party] by the Bolivian people was so stunning, so decisive, that there are few options left for the retrograde forces—in Bolivia, Washington, and Brussels—which tried to destroy the country\u0026#039;s democracy.\u0022\u0022Anyone who believes in the fundamentals of democracy, regardless of ideology, should be cheering the Bolivians who sacrificed so much to restore their right of self-rule and hoping that the stability and prosperity they enjoyed under Morales expands even further under his first democratically elected successor,\u0022 Greenwald added.