The Latest: Irish confirm national popular vote in election

February 28, 2016 12:29 AM

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It’s taken all day and night, but Ireland’s ballot counters have calculated the national totals of “No. 1” votes cast for candidates from each party and independents.

The government parties, Fine Gael and Labour, suffered heavy losses from their 2011 highs in Ireland’s last election. Fine Gael slumped by 10.6 percentage points to 25.5 percent. Labour dropped 12.8 percentage points to just 6.6 percent.

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