Voting is underway in Spain’s general election which is expected to see the country swing towards the centre-right People’s Party.
Widespread anger over the euro zone crisis, cuts and Spain’s rising record unemployment all are likely to benefit the opposition.
The atmosphere at last night’s final rally was more like a victory party for its leader Mariano Rajoy. Although he has failed to win Spain’s top job twice before and given few details about how he plans to boost the economy and create jobs, further austerity measures are almost inevitable.
His Socialist rival, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba has struggled to set himself apart from the outgoing prime minister who has seen his approval ratings slump as Spain flirts with recession.
With the country in its worst economic slowdown in modern times, many are now resigned to less spending on key services such as health and education.
Numbers at the Indignados protest in Madrid have declined recently but the demonstrations against the main political parties could increase again once those cuts start to bite.