Exit Polls

Democrats Lead in Italian Election

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Italy’s Democratic Party is in the lead, according to the latest Election Day polls. The booths are now closed, after two days of voting, and the center-left Democrats look poised to carry 35 percent of the vote. Silvio Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom Party, on the other hand, will likely win 29 percent. While the Democrats’ lead confirms long-held predictions, it’s unclear whether they can garner enough support from both houses of Parliament to guide Italy’s economy to a successful future. Official results of the election—considered one of the most important in the country’s recent history—will be coming in over the next few hours.