Exit polling is expecting the governing VVD, led by P.M. Mark Rutte, to fall by 10 seats from the 41 seats it had in the 2012 elections. This number is significantly larger than any of the other parties whose popularity was polled, with far-right leader Geert Wilders rising by 4 seats to an expected 19.
The high voter turnout and the recent row with the Turkish government were seen to boost Rutte’s performance, with the former also benefiting the left-wing D66 party, whose popularity is seen to increase by 7 seats to reach 19.
Rutte’s coalition partner, the Labour Party, is expected to lose 29 seats, falling to only 9 seats. If the results hold out, it would be one of the worst losses in the party’s history.
Another exit poll is expected at 21:30 local time.