Monday, March 5, 2018

Election results from weekend elections

The Liberals managed to hold on in Tasmania due to Green weakness. While Labor did improve as expected, the Greens took 2-3% less than polls indicated, while the Liberals improved by a similar amount. This was just enough to allow them to retain their majority.

In Italy, the centre-right only managed what looks like 40-45% or so of the total seats, and interestingly, Lega Nord, the northern autonomist party, has taken more votes that Berlusconi's conservative Forza Italia party, meaning that Salvini, leader of Lega, may end up was Prime Minister. Lega, in fact, has come within a point or two of the governing social democratic and labour Partito Democratico in a move that is perhaps comparable to the Bloc Quebecois taking more seats than the Liberals.

Since nobody has won a majority it remains to be seen exactly how this will all play out.

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