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Longford/Westmeath Election 2020 Count Updates

Major casualty could be on the cards in the constituency.

Transfers will play a crucial role in deciding the fate of two sitting TDs. 

Independent Kevin Boxer Moran along with Fine Gael's Peter Burke could be the casualties. 

They're in a four way struggle with Longford duo Joe Flaherty of Fianna Fail and Michael Carrigy of Fine Gael with just 2% separating all four in final tallies. 

Counting is continuing throughout the afternoon with a first count expected to take place at 6pm. 

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Independent candidate Kevin Boxer Moran will be relying on transfers to retain his seat in the 33rd Dail if tallies are accurate. 

The outgoing TD is projected to take around 11.8% of the first preference votes putting him 184 behind Fine Gael's Peter Burke in fourth spot.

Sinn Fein's Sorca Clarke looks set to exceed the quota by around 500 votes, it remains to be seen whether her surplus will go to other progressive candidates. 

Fianna Fail's Robert Troy also looks a safe bet for election, though it's likely he will have to wait until the second count. 

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It looks increasingly likely that a serious casualty is on the cards in Longford/Westmeath. 

With over 90% of the tally in - it appears as if Kevin Boxer Moran will be relying on transfers to retain his seat in the 33rd Dail. 

The Athlone candidate is in 4th spot in the tally count at the moment but just 73 votes separate himself and Peter Burke with only Longford Boxes left to open. 

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Overall the tallies have just 1400 votes are separating Joe Flaherty in third to Michael Carrigy in sixth. 

With three quarters of boxes tallied in Longford/Westmeath this lunchtime a battle is developing for the final seat. 

It centre's around outgoing Fine Gael TD Peter Burke and both Longford candidates.

Sorca Clarke has been the big mover in Athlone this morning. 

The Sinn Fein candidate looks likely to top the poll here - with 21% of the vote. 

Fianna Fail's Robert Troy has also polled strongly and looks to be safe. 

Then it gets interesting - Kevin Boxer Moran is on 13.6% followed closely by Peter Burke on 13.1. 

That fourth seat is where the interest lies with FF Joe Flaherty currently on 10.8% and Michael Carrigy on 8.6. 

There's still over 25 boxes to be opened int he Longford area so a surge for those two candidates is likely this afternoon.

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Two outgoing Longford/Westmeath TDs look set to be in a dogfight to retain their seats. 

With Almost half of the boxes tallied - both Peter Burke and Robert Troy will be looking over their shoulders. 

Sorca Clarke is tallying just under 20% so far followed by Joe Flaherty and Kevin Boxer Moran at 15%.

Robert Troy is sitting in the final seat at the moment on 14% - with the two Fine Gael candidates Michael Carrigy and Peter Burke on 12 and 10% respectively. 

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Just Over 40% of boxes have been opened in Longford/Westmeath.

Sinn Fein's Sorca Clarke is polling the most consistently - she's sitting around 20% of the vote thus far.

Fianna Fail's John Joe Flaherty is next with 16.5%

It then gets interesting with Independent Kevin Boxer Moran on 14%, Robert Troy on 13.5% and Michael Carrigy close behind on 13.3%.

Sitting TD Peter Burke is continuing to feel the pinch from his running mate, he has just 9.6% as things stand.

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With 36 boxes opened in Longford/Westmeath - Kevin Boxer Moran is leading the way with 20%.  

Sinn Fein's Sorca Clarke and Fianna Fail's Robert Troy continue to tally well at 18 and 16% respectively. 

Deputy Troy's running mate John Joe Flaherty appears to be winning the head to head shootout for a Longford TD.

He's polling 5% ahead of Fine Gael opponent Michael Carrigy.

As things stand - it's incumbent Fine Gael TD Peter Burke who will be sweating, he has just 9% of votes tallied so far. 

Counting is underway in AIT and early suggestions are that Sinn Fein will translate their campaign surge in the constituency. 

Their candidate in Mullingar Sorca Clarke is topping the tallies here so far. 

Fianna Fail's Robert Troy currently lies in second with Kevin Boxer Moran in third. 

John Joe Flaherty sits fourth with Fine Gael's Michael Carrigy in 5th. 

Fine Gael's sitting TD Peter Burke is currently in 6th but it is still very early days in the count. 

 

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Sinn Fein believe it's too early to talk about government formation. 

Sorca Clarke says confidence in the party is high this morning but she wants to see concrete evidence that an MBRI exit poll will translate to the boxes. 

The poll last night put the party at 22% -- level with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. 

The Longford/Westmeath candidate says it's the end of the two party control of Irish politics.

 

 

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