ROME Feb 25 The centre-right coalition led by
former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is leading in the race
for the Italian Senate after the first projections based on
early vote counting, Italian television stations reported on
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of comic Beppe Grillo
would have the largest share of the upper house vote of any
single party, a projection for RAI television suggested.
The results, from SkyTG24, RAI and Mediaset, appear to
contradict early telephone poll data released immediately after
voting ended, which put the centre left coalition led by Pier
Luigi Bersani ahead in both the lower house and Senate.
The upper house is elected on a region-by-region basis,
which means that the final makeup will not be clear until local
results are counted.