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Polls Now Say Italy Race Too Close to Call (Italy)
AP ^ | April 10, 2006 | By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

Posted on 04/10/2006 12:15:34 PM PDT by Eurotwit

ROME - Exit polls indicated Monday that the Italian parliamentary election pitting center-left economist Romano Prodi against flamboyant billionaire Premier Silvio Berlusconi was too close to call. Projections showed Berlusconi's coalition leading in the Senate, but the two sides running neck-and-neck in the lower Chamber of Deputies.

Based on 86 percent of pollster Nexus' sampling, Berlusconi's alliance won 157 Senate seats, compared with Prodi's 152. The margin of error for the sample was between 1 and 3 percentage points.

Also, the projections did not account for six seats chosen by Italians abroad.

Earlier projections showed Prodi set to beat Berlusconi. Prodi postponed a news conference after the latest projections were released.

The Senate and lower chamber of parliament have equal powers, and any coalition would have to control both in order to form a government. Berlusconi and Prodi have said new elections should be called if neither side controls both houses.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berlusconi; bullzogby; exitpolls; italy; prodi; tooclosetocall; zogbyism
hmmm.
1 posted on 04/10/2006 12:15:37 PM PDT by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit
Conspiracy! The exit polls can't be wrong!

Rovelesconi must be behind this. Disenfranchisement!
2 posted on 04/10/2006 12:18:14 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: Eurotwit
Also, the projections did not account for six seats chosen by Italians abroad.

The U.S. Democratic Party has offered to help the Italian Left reject the ballots of any Italian soldiers.

3 posted on 04/10/2006 12:18:54 PM PDT by dagnabbit (George Bush deported my children to Amerexico.)
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To: Eurotwit

is Prodi having a John F'ing Kerry moment now???


4 posted on 04/10/2006 12:20:32 PM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: rightinthemiddle
"Rovelesconi"

LOL! Can I get that Al Dente'?

5 posted on 04/10/2006 12:20:41 PM PDT by paulcissa (Only YOU can prevent liberalism.)
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To: Eurotwit

The current returns at this moment have Berlusconi ahead in both the Chamber of Deputies (lower house) and the Senate (upper house), but it is mighty tight indeed.


6 posted on 04/10/2006 12:22:17 PM PDT by gary_b_UK
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To: Eurotwit
You can follow the vote count here:

http://www.corriere.it/

Click on Dati Reali in Diretta: Senati for the count for the Senate,

and

Dati Reali in Diretta: Camera for the count for the House of Deputies.

Despite what was predicted by the exit polls (he he - have we heard that one before?) this is going to be a nail biter. The only thing that is clear is that Italy will have a new election within half a year at most.

7 posted on 04/10/2006 12:23:40 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: gary_b_UK

LOL! "Too close to call" in the MSM usually means conservatives have a slight lead.


8 posted on 04/10/2006 12:25:03 PM PDT by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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To: gary_b_UK

No, the counts still show Prodi ahead, but the margins are getting smaller and smaller.

I think you are looking at the computer based predictions based on counts in selected districts.


9 posted on 04/10/2006 12:26:03 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: dagnabbit

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 04/10/2006 12:26:07 PM PDT by GOPRaleigh (If John Kerry didn't exist then Karl Rove would have to invent him.)
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To: ScaniaBoy

I have the following:

Chamber of Deputies

Berlusconi: 50%
Prodi: 49.5%

Whichever coalition wins the most votes in this House automatically gets 55% of seats, securing a safe majority.

Senate:

Berlusconi: 48.8%
Prodi: 50.2%

Seats:

Silvio 158
Prodi 151

Although the Senate popular vote suggests Prodi has won, the Senate election uses a different system, and currently Berlusconi has an advantage in terms of seats.


11 posted on 04/10/2006 12:29:11 PM PDT by gary_b_UK
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To: ScaniaBoy

Just now (9:27 pm, GMT +1):

In the Senate - Berlusconi's group: 49.55
Prodi's group: 49.59


12 posted on 04/10/2006 12:29:11 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: gary_b_UK

Thanks for the info regarding seat counts.

See the link in my post #7


13 posted on 04/10/2006 12:30:52 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Eurotwit

It's the same shite' they use here to keep voters home and unenthused. The Presidential exit polling was terrible in the 2004 election, and it was not accidental. The same trick was used in calling FL for Gore in 2000 even though the panhandle of FL, which is heavily Republican, still had time to vote because the region is in the Central Time Zone.


14 posted on 04/10/2006 12:30:55 PM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: ScaniaBoy

Berlusconi in the lead in the Senate race: 49.65 vs 49.51

The left-libs are stunned, stunned and shocked.


15 posted on 04/10/2006 12:33:23 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: colorado tanker

Couldn't let Bush have his victory moment.


16 posted on 04/10/2006 12:39:26 PM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: Eurotwit
2 Exit Polls Show Berlusconi Losing - 10:35am

Polls Now Say Italy Race Too Close to Call - 3:18pm

Italian election swings towards Berlusconi - 3:24pm

Berlusconi may cling on: projections - 3:32pm

 

17 posted on 04/10/2006 12:39:54 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: conservativecorner

In 2004 the media pundits tried to depress the whole nation into not voting for Bush on election day "Kerry's already won this..."

The first 10 minutes after the polls closed on the East Coast, all of the network talking heads were saying "Like his father, the story was It's the economy, stupid, Bush lost for this reason, blah blah blah..." When it became clear that Kerry WAS NOT blowing out Bush they changed their tune.


18 posted on 04/10/2006 12:41:39 PM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: Eurotwit
Those ugly rightist try to rig the elections again, first Belarus and now Italy /sarcasm

and seriously, parliamentary elections in Hungary are also very close, after the first round the leftist slightly in the lead.

19 posted on 04/10/2006 12:58:37 PM PDT by Lukasz
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To: Eurotwit

But the exit polls said Prodi won, and they're never wrong! Diebold!


20 posted on 04/10/2006 3:19:32 PM PDT by Buck W. (Avoid Evian Flu--Don't Drink Bottled Water.)
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To: rightinthemiddle

Is DU blaming Dieboldo and Haliburtononi?


21 posted on 04/10/2006 9:18:55 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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