Exit Polls Are Not Looking Good for Geert Wilders


While that would be a 10-seat loss from the last election in 2012, the Ipsos poll, published immediately following the end of voting Wednesday, indicated that VVD held a significant advantage over the Party for Freedom (PVV) of far-right populist Geert Wilders.

On its face, the election appears to be a tight race between incumbent prime minister Mark Rutte, the center-right candidate, and far-right politician Geert Wilders, but the outcome won't yield one ultimate victor.

Wilders, who pledged to have the Netherlands leave the European Union, close all mosques and ban the Koran, said his "revolution" will take place eventually whether he is voted into office or not.

The Netherlands' main exit poll suggests Rutte's party won 31 seats in the 150-place legislature, 12 more than Wilders' party, which shared second place with two other parties.

Whichever party can secure the majority 76 seats in parliament, either on its own or through a coalition, will form the new Dutch government and choose the Prime Minister.

"This is a crucial election for The Netherlands", said Rutte, the leader of the Liberal VVD party, as he voted.

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It comes amid a diplomatic crisis between the Netherlands and Turkey over a Dutch decision to prevent two Turkish ministers to address rallies about an upcoming referendum that would give Erdogan more power.

In Germany, another right-wing party, Alternative for Germany, is expected to win seats for the first time in September.

The leader of the left-wing party doing best in polls ahead of Wednesday's Dutch parliamentary election says the country needs a new leader with more compassion for refugees. The Freedom Party slipped in the last round of polls before today's vote - but we'll note that polls in both Britain and the USA proved unreliable in the face of strong voter sentiment. In addition, around 77,500 Dutch citizens living overseas, who had to register at the municipality in The Hague, can also vote, which is also more than the 48,000 of five years ago.

Voters in the Netherlands headed to the polls Wednesday in a closely watched election that is being seen as a key barometer of the political mood in Europe and strength of the far right.

Andre Krouwel, a political scientist at Amsterdam's Free University, told The Guardian the row "allowed Rutte to show himself as a statesman - and to send a Turkish minister packing".

Mr Wilders, meanwhile, is tapping into discontent among voters who say they are not benefiting from economic recovery. Labour Party (PvdA), the VVD's partner in the current government coalition, has 7.6 percent of projected votes. The other mainstream parties have already made it pretty clear they will not enter into a coalition with him. This year, a record number of parties are expected to win ten seats or more, which could drag on the process more.