October 6, 2019 / 7:13 PM / 2 months ago

Portugal PM set for election win without majority: exit polls

Portugal's Prime Minister and Socialist Party (PS) candidate Antonio Costa casts his ballot at a polling station during the general election in Lisbon, Portugal October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s Socialists were poised to win Sunday’s parliamentary election by a wide margin but likely landing short of an outright majority, meaning they will need to seek potentially difficult alliances, exit polls showed.

A total of four polls put the center-left party in the overall range between 33.3% and 40% of the vote, which would give them more seats than in the last election in 2015 in a boost coming after four years of solid economic growth.

The main opposition Social Democrats (PSD) were on 24.2%-31%. The ranges are based on four exit polls, by pollsters Pitagorica for TSF/TVI, Catolica for RTP television, Intercampus for Correio da Manha/Negocios newspapers and ICS-ISCTE for SIC TV and Expresso weekly.

Reporting by Sergio Goncalves and Andrei Khalip; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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