Spain's conservatives steal show from Podemos in polls

Supporters of the Popular Party (PP) hold flags as they wait outside the PP headquarters during Spain's general election in Madrid on June 26, 2016Spain’s incumbent conservatives stole the show away from a far-left coalition led by Podemos Sunday, finishing stronger in repeat elections with more seats than in December polls though still falling short of a majority. Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was the big winner of these second elections in six months, which saw all other parties lose parliamentary seats and/or votes. The Unidos Podemos coalition was the hardest-hit, losing more than one million votes and reversing pre-election expectations that it would leapfrog over the Socialists to come second and replace them as the main left-wing force.

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