It looks like there will be a run-off for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party in his home town of Milan, after the end of voting in local elections.
Exit polls suggest Berlusconi can wave goodbye to a clear first round victory.
There is only 0.3 of a percent between the centre-right and centre-left rivals.
If the results are confirmed, it would mean a second round of voting at the end of the month, giving the centre left its best chance to win control of the city government for almost 20 years.
The elections in more than 1,300 towns and 11 provinces are being regarded as a crucial test of whether a sex scandal, three corruption trials and a faltering economy have seriously weakened Berlusconi, two years before the end of his term.