Spain’s Socialists are set to win regional elections in Andalusia with conservativ People’s Party PP – in power nationally – coming second and upstart PODEMOS making strong headway according to an exit poll.
The poll gave Socialists led by current President of Andalusia Susana Diaz up to 44 seats in the regional parliament, the PP up to 35 seats and PODEMOS up to 22 seats – according to the poll. Other newcomeer Ciudadanos and former communists of Izquierda Unida are set to win up to 7 seats each.
The Socialists – in power in Andalusia for more than three decades, are expected to win the vote by a slim margin having sucessfully leveraged discontent with the PP government ruling in Madrid.
Some 6.5 million Andalusians are eligible to vote, representing around one fifth of the national electorate. Unemployment in the region currently stands at over one in three – above the national average of one in four.