Spain's conservative ruling People's Party is set to remain the largest party in parliament, but an anti-austerity coalition led by the leftist Podemos party is coming in second, according to exit polls. Diane Hodges reports.
The preliminary election data contradicted what may were expecting from the early exit polls. Support for Spain's two traditionally dominant conservative and socialist parties rose in Sunday's general election, with more than 50 percent of the votes counted. The People's Party of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to get up to 133 seats while the socialist party would garner 93 seats. Meanwhile, two newcomer parties, anti-austerity Podemos and liberal Ciudadanos would fall from the election held six months ago which had failed to form a new government. Those early projections could still vary a lot from the final results. But they do suggest that closely-watched exit polls which had predicted a sharp rise of Podemos and a fall of mainstream parties may have been wrong.