Italy Election 2018: LIVE BLOG

Follow Italics Magazine’s live blog for the latest news, reaction and analysis on Italy’s election 2018.

Italy is heading to the polls on Sunday to vote in the country’s general election. The three major political forces competing for the majority are the center-left coalition, the center-right coalition and the Five Star Movement.

However, the vote is one of the most unpredictable of the last years and will probably leave the country without a clear-cut winner.

Polling stations opened at 7:00 and closed at 23:00 local time.

Follow Italics Magazine’s live blog for the latest news, reaction and analysis on Italy’s election 2018.

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Live updates

18:20 – RENZI: Matteo Renzi resigned as Secretary of the Democratic Party. He announced it in a press conference on Monday afternoon. ‘No to a government with the extremists, we will be to the opposition’. Renzi has been elected Senator in the district of Florence.

16:00 – VOTES: The vote count is almost complete. National data for both chambers:

12:50 – DI MAIO: Luigi Di Maio, Five Star Movement leader, declared that the party is ready to discuss with all the political forces. ‘We feel the responsibility to give Italy a government’

12:00 – SALVINI: Matteo Salvini has ruled out ‘weird alliances with other political forces’, referring to the possibility of a yellow-green government with the Five Star Movement. ‘The center-right is the coalition that won and that can govern’, the Northern League leader said at a press conference.

10:45 – SCENARIOS: Italy’s election results do not allow the political forces to form a stable majority. Indeed, while the 5 Star Movement triumphs as first single party, the center-right coalition comes first, but cannot secure the majority in the Parliament.

The real winners of the vote are the anti-establishment party led by Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini’s euroskeptic Northern League, that defeated Silvio Berlusconi in the coalition’s internal challenge. The other biggest loser of the electoral turnout is the so far governmental Democratic Party.

By those numbers, a large coalition between the Democratic Party and Forza Italia is impossible. Therefore, the preferred scenario by the international observers should be ruled out without the inclusion of an anti-establishment party.

Another possibility would be to form an ‘odd couple’ between the Democrats and the Five Star Movement, as both forces would have the seats required to govern. However, the center-left MP Ettore Rosato ruled out this possibility: ‘We are alternative to the 5SM, so we will be at the opposition’.

Finally, the bogeyman of this election is a coalition between the populists. Indeed, Northern League and Five Star Movement would have the minimum numbers to set up a coalition, but this would be an existential breakup for Salvini’s party. The Northern League is an historical ally of Forza Italia, as they administer different regions and municipalities together, so the move is considered dangerous for the future of the party.

In conclusion, different governments are arithmetically possible, but the scenario of a hung parliament is the most likely. The role of the President of the Republic will thus be crucial. Sergio Mattarella will have to appeal to responsibility and convince the party leaders to form a temporary national government. This solution would allow Italy to take time, to enact another electoral law and to go back to the polls as soon as possible.

10:00 – LATEST PROJECTION: 5 Star Movement triumphs as first single party, center-right projected to be the largest coalition.


5 Star Movement: 31,76%

Forza Italia: 13,90%
Northern League: 18,04%
Brothers of Italy: 4,34%
Us with Italy: 1,30%

Democratic Party: 19,05%
+Europa: 2,65%

Free and Equal: 3,36%


5 Star Movement: 31,48%

Forza Italia: 14,37%
Northern League: 18,20%
Brothers of Italy: 4,28%
Us with Italy: 1,19%

Democratic Party: 19,40%
+Europa: 2,40%

Free and Equal: 3,21%

Source: SWG

01:40 – CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES PROJECTION: First Chamber of Deputies Projection showed by La7 TV. The situation is very similar to that of the Senate. The 5 Star Movement is the first single party, the Northern League wins the internal challenge against Forza Italia. Democratic Party below 20%.

5 Star Movement: 32,1%

Forza Italia: 14,1%
Northern League: 17,5%
Brothers of Italy: 4,1%
Us with Italy: 1,1%

Democratic Party: 19,0%
+Europa: 2,7%

Free and Equal: 3,5%

Source: SWG


Senate (Magic number: 132)

5 Star Movement: 95
Center-Right: 132
Center-Left: 77
Free and Equal: 4

Source: SWG


5 Star Movement: 32,30%
Center-Right: 37,40%
Center-Left: 22,90 %
Free and Equal: 3,30%

Source: SWG

00:30 – SENATE PROJECTION: First Senate Projection showed by La7 TV. Far-right party Northern-League surpasses Forza Italia within the center-right coalition. 5 Star Movement at 33,6%.

5 Star Movement: 33,6%

Forza Italia: 14,1%
Northern League: 17,4%
Brothers of Italy: 4,0%
Us with Italy: 1,0%

Democratic Party: 18,3%
+Europa: 2,3%

Free and Equal: 3,3%

Source: SWG

00:15 – EXIT POLLS: Exit Polls, estimate of Chambers of Deputy seats distribution. Appearently, it is very hard to build a majority even thourgh the so-called large coalition (Democratic Party and Forza Italia).

Source: Super Media

00:00 – EXIT POLLS: Exit Polls, estimate of Chambers of Deputy seats distribution:

Center-left: 115-155 seats
Center-right: 225-265 seats
Five Star Movement: 195-235
Free and Equal: 12-20
Uncertain: 39

Magic number: 316 seats

Source: RAI

23:30 – TURN OUT: The final turnout is 74,87%

23:00 – EXIT POLLS: 5 Star Movement first single party, center-right ahead as a coalition. No governing majority is possible so far. Parties might need to seek other alliances to form a majority.

5 Star Movement: 28,8 – 30,8%

Forza Italia: 13.5 – 15,5%
Northern League: 12,3 – 14,3%
Brothers of Italy: 4,4 – 5,4%
Us with Italy: 1,8 – 2,4%

Democratic Party: 21,0 – 23,0%
+Europa: 2,8 – 3,4%

Free and Equal: 5,2 – 6,2%

Source: SWG

21:15 – FEMEN: The Femen protester who broke in at Silvio Berlusconi’s polling station in Milan this morning, is currently in police custody for resisting arrest, disturbing an election and desobedience towards the President of the election office. – FEMEN’s Inna Shevchenko reports.

20:00 – TURN OUT PROJECTION: The final turnout estimated by Pollster YouTrend could be between 67 and 71 percent.

19:30 – TURN OUT: The turnout at 19:00 was 58,45% (Definitive)

18:45 – REGIONAL TURNOUT: According to YouTrend, turnout increased in the South (where the 5 Star Movement is strong) and declined in the ‘Red Belt’ (Democratic Party’s stronghold)

18:00 – SIMPSONS: What if Italy’s political parties were Simpsons characters?

Credit to: Fonderie Creative

17:30 – SALVINI: Salvini wants to ‘send Renzi home’, as ‘he will melt like this nice snowman’

16:00 – FEMEN: A topless woman, member of the Femen protest movement, broke in at Silvio Berlusconi’s polling station in Milan, shouting that Berusconi’s time is over.

15:30 – TURN OUT PROJECTION: The final turnout estimated by Pollster YouTrend could be between 65 and 70 percent.

15:00 – TURN OUT: The turnout at 12:00 was 19,3%. 4 points higher than last general election (2013: 14,9%), but then voting was to take place in two days.