Definitive prognosis shows no senate majority for coalition

The minority government and its coalition partner PVV have lost support since the general election and will not control a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, or senate, according to the definitive exit poll published by Nos television.

The exit poll gives the conservative liberal VVD 16 seats in the senate, up 2 from its present total. However, the CDA is on course to win just 10 seats, down from its current total of 21 and the anti-Islam PVV will debut with nine, below opinion poll forecasts.
The PvdA (Labour) remains unchanged on 14 seats, while D66 and GroenLInks both make gains.
Compared with the June 2010 general election, support for the VVD and CDA is stable, but PVV support has gone down from 15.4% to 11.8%.

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