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Exit polls project Swedish PM's Social Democrats biggest party

AFP , Sunday 9 Sep 2018
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Sweden's Social Democrats are tipped to remain the country's biggest party after Sunday's election, two exit polls suggested as polling stations closed, with the far-right Sweden Democrats trailing in second place in one and third in the other.

A TV4 exit poll predicted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's Social Democrats would win 25.4 percent of votes, while public broadcaster SVT credited them with 26.2 percent. Both scores, if confirmed, would be the lowest in more than a century.

The far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) were expected to make gains, but less than what opinion polls had suggested during the campaign, both exit polls showed.

In the TV4 poll, the conservative Moderates were expected to come in second at 18.4 percent, while SD was credited with 16.3 percent of votes, up from 12.9 percent four years ago.

The SVT poll meanwhile put SD in second place at 19.2 percent, trailed by the Moderates at 17.8 percent.

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