The Guardian: DUP and Sinn Féin on course to dominate Northern Ireland assembly
Sinn Féin and Democratic Unionists appear to be neck and neck as results are declared in election that attracted high turnout
Sinn Féin is neck and neck with the Democratic Unionists in the race to become the biggest force in the next Northern Ireland assembly, although the pro-union party is still expected to emerge marginally on top.
With about a quarter of seats filled on Friday evening, the DUP were still slightly ahead of Sinn Féin with 28.08% of the first preference vote compared with the republican party’s increased share of 27.9%. The election has attracted a high turnout of almost 65%.
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