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GAD3 polls shows Socialists hold lead ahead of election, short of majority

GAD3 polls shows Socialists hold lead ahead of election, short of majority
FILE PHOTO: Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives at an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman   -   Copyright  YVES HERMAN(Reuters)
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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialists held the lead in voting intentions ahead of the April 28 election, the latest GAD3 poll for the ABC newspaper showed on Thursday, well short of a parliamentary majority.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s party would win between 135 and 137 seats, the poll of 2,000 people taken between April 8 and 9 showed, short a majority in the 350-seat parliament and slightly less than previously reported April 8.

The conservative People’s Party (PP) would take 85-91 seats, up slightly from the previous poll, while market friendly Ciudadanos may take 43-46 seats, and far right Vox, 25-29 seats, also up from the previous poll.

The poll showed a three-way coalition between the conservatives would still fall short of a parliamentary majority in the best of cases, while the Socialists would also need to seek alliances in order to govern.

(Reporting by Paul Day; Editing Jose Elias Rodriguez)

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