With nearly every vote counted, no likely political party or coalition won enough seats in the Congress of Deputies to claim victory. Both PSOEthe main social democratic party of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, and their conservative opponents polypropylenedid not reach the 176 seats necessary for a majority, even when combined with parties likely to ally with them.
Many voters in the Basque region voted for the Basque nationalist parties Bildu And NVP.
PSOE increased its support in Catalonia, but the independence parties Juntas And ERC will be the key to forming a new government.
Madrid voters veered to the right. Conservative polypropylene won 40% of the vote, 15 percentage points more than in 2019.
Far right Voice fell to third place in Murcia, the only province where they won the most votes in the last legislative elections.
The inconclusive result could lead to weeks of negotiation between the parties, or even a new vote later this year.
Voicea far-right anti-immigration party meant to form a coalition with the PP, lost 19 seats, failing to secure the votes needed to form a right-wing bloc.
Sumar, a progressive coalition believed to support the PSOE, narrowly finished fourth. Their leader, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor Yolanda Díaz, was boosted by a strong debate performance in the final days of the campaign, where she challenged the anti-feminist policies of Vox leader Santiago Abascal.
Progressive and conservative blocs will have to win the support of smaller regional parties if they want to achieve a majority of seats.
PP and Vox will need the vote of NVP, a Basque nationalist party that backed a government led by Mr. Sánchez in 2019 and is unlikely to back a right-wing coalition. They will also need the support of two small parties with one seat each, Coalición Canaria (CC), a nationalist party in the Canary Islands that recently formed a regional government with the vote of the PP, and Unión del Pueblo Navarro (UPN), historical partner of PP in Navarre.
The PSOE and Sumar will have to revalidate the support of the parties that voted for Mr. Sánchez in 2019 and will have to seek the support of Juntasa Catalan nationalist party.
Míriam Nogueras, Junts candidate in Barcelona, said“We will not support Mr. Sánchez in exchange for anything… Our priority is Catalonia, not the governability of the country.”
Results by province
Places where the PSOE conducted the local elections in May
|Santa Cruz de Tenerife||—||0||0||0||0%|
…where other parties were ahead
…where PP was ahead
|the Balearic Islands||—||0||0||0||0%|