Exit polls show no majority for main Italy groupings
5 March 2018
ROME -- Exit polls in Italy's general election Sunday showed the radical Five Star Movement emerging as largest party with between 29.5 and 32.5 percent of the vote, the centre-right alliance garnering from 33 to 36 percent of the vote and the centre left from 24.5 to 27.5 percent with the hard left LEU taking 3 to 5 percent of the vote.
Projected seats in the Chamber of Deputies based on the proportional element of the vote only were 225 to 265 seats for the centre-right alliance, from 115 to 155 for the centre-left and from 195 to 235 seats for the Five Star Movement. None of the three main groupings had an absolute majority.
The exit polls by Opinio and SWG gave Forza Italia and the League between 13 and 16 percent and the Democratic Party between 20 and 23 percent.
At 11 p.m. as polls closed the turnout was 73.1 percent. Final results are expected Monday afternoon.
First projections gave the M5S as much as 33 percent of the vote and the League garnering 17 percent compared to 14 percent for its ally Forza Italia.