Blue and White 33, Likud 32, and Still Counting

YERUSHALAYIM -
Blue and White party leaders Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid, Gaby Ashkenazi, and Moshe Yaalon, with party members at the Blue and White headquarters on elections night in Tel Aviv, on September 18, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 

Almost 24 hours after the polls closed on Tuesday night, the Central Elections Committee released figures representing 95 percent of the total vote.

Blue and White continued to edge out Likud by a margin of 33 to 32 mandates. The Arab Joint List was in third place with 12. Shas was next with 9. Yisrael Beytenu and United Torah Judaism both had 8, a slippage of one seat for the former compared to most exit polls. Yamina had 7, Labor-Gesher 6 and Democratic Camp received 5 mandates.

That would give Prime Minister Binymin Netanyahu’s Likud-led right-wing bloc 56 seats, versus Benny Gantz’s Blue and White-led center-left with 52, including Yisrael Beytenu.

Neither has the 61 to make a coalition.