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Greek exit poll shows 3 parties vie for top position in close election

05/06/2012 06:03 EDT | Updated 07/06/2012 05:12 EDT
ATHENS, Greece - An exit poll commissioned by Greek media shows three parties are vying for the top spot in the country's critical parliamentary elections, with no definitive front-runner and none gaining enough votes to form a government.

According to the exit poll, the conservative New Democracy party will get between 17 per cent and 20 per cent; the formerly majority socialist PASOK between 14 per cent and 17 per cent, and the left-wing Radical Left Coalition, or Syriza, between 15.5 per cent and 18.5 per cent.

The results all fell within the margin of error.

The extreme right-wing Golden Dawn is projected to win enough votes to enter parliament, with between 6 per cent and 8 per cent, well above the necessary 3 per cent threshold.

Official results are expected later Sunday night.