Spain's socialist party held the lead in early results
. Turnout is 76 percent, 8 pecent better than in 2000.
With nearly half the votes counted, the opposition Partido Socialista Obrero Español (socialists) had 43.40 percent of the vote, or the equivalent of 165 seats in congress (up from the current 125). The ruling Partido Popular (center-right) had 36.81 percent, or 144 seats (down from the current 183).
176 seats are required for a ruling majority. Early results have, for some reason, always favored the socialists. But with two-thirds of the vote counted, the PP would have to stage an incredible comeback to pull this one off.
Spain's rulling party will be just the latest casualty of Bush's folly.
Final Update: With 99.95 percent in:
2004 Votes % 2000 Votes %
PSOE 164 10,905,247 42.64 125 7,918,752 34.16
PP 148 9,626,407 37.64 183 10,231,178 44.52
Another Update: For the record, while the PSOE is called the Socialist Worker's Party of Spain, they aren't socialist in the "communist" sense. They are socialist democratic party such as have ruled France, Germany, and just about all of the rest of Europe on and off over the past decades.
The PSOE has ruled Spain in the past, and negotiated Spain's entry into NATO in 1986, and provided military support to the US during the Gulf War. Just remember that as the Right tries to demonize the PSOE.
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