[personal profile] lacroix
Okay, Twitter is full of fail. Read from the bottom up.
22:46— Ronse changes hands, too: sp.a 22.5%, N-VA 18.5 %, Open VLD 17 %.
22:32— Lokeren N-VA 27 %, Open VLD 19 %.
22:31— Tienen, last minor town in Leuven, goes for sp.a over N-VA 24 % to 22.5 %.
22:29— Borgloon is in! N-VA 25 %, sp.a 20 %, Open VLD & CD&V share third. And with that, Limburg's put to bed.
22:27— Geraardsbergen N-VA 25 %, sp.a 21.5 %. Herzele N-VA 30 %, Open VLD 21.5 %.
22:22— Tielt CD&V 29 %, N-VA 22.5 %. Nazareth N-VA 29 %, Open VLD 27 %. Ninove N-VA 25 %, VB 21.5 %.
22:19— Sint-Gillis-Waas N-VA 33 %, CD&V 19.5 %.
22:17— Maaseik's N-VA at 28 %, CD&V at 20 %. Only Borgloon in Limburg is still out, Tienen in district Leuven, and the mail-in votes in Antwerp.
22:13— Merelbeke 29 % for N-VA, Open VLD 21.5 %.
22:11— Whoa, 364 polling stations just came in at once. The extreme right Vlaams Belang loses its grip on Antwerp City, losing 10% and falling to third place. Ahead of them are sp.a at 19.5 % & N-VA at 25.5 %. Groen! is at 11 %.
22:07— In Lochristi, the traditional Open VLD falls to 25 %, N-VA is at 29.5 %.
22:06— N-VA Hamme 32 %, Open VLD loses 8 %.
22:04— Poperinge CD&V 27 %, N-VA 19.5 %, Open VLD 19 %.
21:59— Kortrijk, further inland, has both CD&V & N-VA at 24 %, CD&V ahead by O.54 %.
21:55— Oostende is the first large town completely in, and the sp.a slips into second place with 20 %, with N-VA at 23 %.
21:53— Diksmuide's CD&V is at 29 %, 10 more than the N-VA. In Gistel, the difference is only 2, 22 % against 20 %.
21:52— Bree is the only place in Limburg where CD&V remains the largest, 30 % against the N-VA's 29 %.
21:51— N-VA Destelbergen 33 %, Eeklo 26.5 %. Seconds are Open VLD & CD&V.
21:49— Deinze's N-VA is the largest with 28 % of the vote, orange & blue are at 19 %.
21:46— Meulebeke N-VA 32 %, CD&V 26 %; Ruiselede CD&V 31 %, 23 % for CD&V. Nearly a mirror image.
21:43— N-VA attains 29.5 % in Lier. VB & CD&V are tied for second.
21:42— The Heist-op-den-Berg N-VA scores 28 %, CD&V 21 %.
21:39— The mail-in votes in Limburg have been counted too: 25 % N-VA and an unexpectedly good 21.5 % for Open VLD. Groen! even reaches 14 %, reflecting the more liberal and younger electorate abroad.
21:37— N-VA is only the third party in Wervik with 19.5 %, behind sp.a's 22 % and CD&V's 25 %.
21:34— East Flanders is finally coming in, hard right Beveren-Waas with a whopping 36.5 % for N-VA, taking 11 % from VB. CD&V & VB hover around 17 %.
21:30— The same goes for Horebeke, 32 % vs. 22 %. East Flanders still has a number of blue holdouts.
21:29— In Brakel, Open VLD remains the largest, but the N-VA tsunami strikes here, too: 28 % vs. 24 %.
21:24— We don't seem to be going anywhere. Menen just came in, N-VA edges out CD&V 22 % to 21.5 %.
20:56— Zottegem? Hm. Hold on. N-VA 27.5 %, sp.a & Open VLD share second place.
20:54— In Hooglede in West-Vlaanderen, CD&V remains the largest at 31.5 %, N-VA 25 %.
20:50— Hm. I lost Herk-de-Stad somewhere. N-VA 30.5 %, sp.a 19 %, CD&V 17 %.
20:47— Roeselare's N-VA edges out the CD&V, 26 % to 24.5 %.
20:31— Tongeren, the liberal stronghold and home of its head-of-list, turns to... sp.a? Seriously? The conservative vote is split, CD&V 18 %, Open VLD 20 %, N-VA 21 %. So the sp.a squeaks in there with 22 %. That's amazing.
20:28— Nieuwpoort's N-VA reaches 23 %, 19 % for CD&V.
20:28— N-VA reaches 30.5 % in West-Flemish Izegem, CD&V in second.
20:26— Ganja break over! In Landen, traditionally red, the sp.a has a rare gain in vote percentage, ending at 24.5 % of the vote. N-VA follows at 21 %.
20:10— CD&V is at 31 % in rural West-Flemish Mesen, N-VA second at 19.5 %.
20:08— Ieper is the first small town where CD&V is still top dog at 34 %, with N-VA at 20 %. N-VA doesn't perform as well in the province of West-Vlaanderen.
20:02— Diest, another middlin'-sized town in Vlaams-Barbant, is in. Largest party is N-VA at 24.5 %, then sp.a at 20 %, CD&V 17 %.
19:52— Zomergem has N-VA at 30 %.
19:50— CD&V remains largest in Vleteren at 27.5 %, N-VA strands at 21 %.
19:49— In Aarschot, a minor city, N-VA gets up to 25.5 % while sp.a & CD&V share second at 17 %.
19:43— Similarly in Zonnebeke, CD&V is at 32%, N-VA 22 %.
19:42— Oostrozebeke keeps CD&V in the lead at 31 %, N-VA is second at 26.5 %.
19:40— N-VA gets up to 32 % in Bilzen, the rest linger around 15 %, including VB.
19:36— In St. Truiden, another ex aequo, with sp.a at 24.79 % and N-VA at 24.72 %.
19:35— CD&V holds on in Lichtervelde with 30 %. N-VA reaches 23 %.
19:33— Boom's top three: N-VA 29 %, VB 19 %, sp.a 18 %.
19:24— Leuven is in! N-VA 28 %, sp.a 17 %, CD&V 15.5 %, Groen! 14.5 %, Open VLD 13.5 %, VB 7 %.
19:22— In Zaventem, MR-FDF edges out N-VA with 0.1 %, both at 20 %.
19:20— I want a copy of the victory speech of Bart De Wever. He clearly wants to be a statesman, not a gadfly. I can only applaud that.
19:18— The results are picking up steam, Antwerp's in the pipeline. Meanwhile, Mol is up to bat. N-VA 33 %, CD&V 20 %, next.
19:16— In rural Avelgem, N-VA is only the third party at 18 %. sp.a is second with 20 %, CD&V first with 23 %.
19:15— In Brecht, N-VA reaches 34 %, CD&V is distant second.
19:14— N-VA reaches 36 % in the home canton of Jan Peumans, Riemst. CD&V is second.
19:12— "Tonight, N-VA stands for Nil volentibus arduum. Nothing is impossible if you desire it enough." --Bart De Wever
19:11— In Nevele, N-VA edges out CD&V, 28 % to 25.5 %.
19:09— In Haacht, N-VA reaches 32 %. CD&V, sp.a & Open VLD share second place around 15 %.
19:08— Herentals' people prefer the N-VA by 32 %. CD&V is in second place, and probably a more obvious coalition partner than sp.a at this point.
18:55— The first Flemish canton where N-VA is not the largest is Torhout, where the Christian Democrats of CD&V have 29.5 %. N-VA strands at 22 %.
18:54— N-VA is at 30.5 % in Peer in Limburg. CD&V barely edges out sp.a for the second spot.
18:52— In Vilvoorde, extreme right loses 10 %, and N-VA reaches 26 %.
18:51— Open VLD loses its primacy in Asse, ceding it to N-VA at 29.5 %.
18:48— There they are. Mechelen is normally extreme right, but it moves left: VB loses 10 % and ends in third place behind sp.a. N-VA is at 27 %.
18:45— Huh. The results for Mechelen just came in, then they disappeared before I could transcribe them. Come back!
18:37— CD&V holds on okay in Puurs with 25 % of the vote, largely thanks to Kris Peeters, but N-VA still leads them with 28 %.
18:28— In Temse, normally rather conservative, N-VA attains 34 % of the vote. Vlaams Belang loses 8 %.
18:26— In Zandhoven, N-VA scores 38 %. Vlaams Belang loses 9 %.
18:21— N-VA reaches 29 % in Genk. The midsize cities in Limburg that went red in 2003 and orange in 2007 are now going yellow.
18:19— In Evergem, N-VA reaches 31 %, the same as the combined CD&V/N-VA list in 2007.
18:14— In Veurne, N-VA 'only' reaches 25 %. There are no Flemish cantons yet where N-VA isn't the largest. 7 years ago, this party couldn't crest 5 %.
18:11— N-VA Kapellen 36.5 %, is now the largest party, replacing the extreme right VB.
18:09— N-VA Arendonk 35 %, Dendermonde 32 %, Sint-Niklaas 33 %, Zele 29 %.
18:07— Turnhout N-VA 32 %, Westerlo N-VA 31 %.
18:06— N-VA is at 34 % in Duffel, CD&V 19.5 %.
18:02— Neerpelt, also in Limburg, has N-VA at 30 %, CD&V at 21 % just ahead of sp.a at 20 %.
18:01— Beringen has N-VA at 30 %, their traditional favourite sp.a at 20 %.
17:53— Hasselt, provincial capital of Limburg is in. CD&V was previously the largest party, but now it's N-VA with 31.5 % of the vote. Second largest is sp.a with 15.5 %, Groen! is at 7 %.
17:48— Ganja break. It's notable that no large city's results have come in yet, but currently N-VA leads everywhere, and its average result is 31.5 %, overperforming the polls by 6 %. CD&V, Open VLD & LDD are the biggest losers, but while the first two can take body blows, the latter can't. It may be reduced to as little as a single seat.
17:36— In Glabbeek, N-VA is the largest party at 30.5 %, the other party that gains is Groen! by 1.5 %.
17:22— Maasmechelen, traditional Open VLD bastion, changes its mind. N-VA is largest at 23 %, Open VLD loses 11 % and becomes the third party, a hair behind CD&V.
17:15— In Kontich, N-VA is at 37 %. No other party crests 13 %.
17:06— N-VA is at 50.5 % in Voeren! That's... A lot.
17:00— Zoutleeuw has N-VA in the lead at 24 %. CD&V second at 21 %.
16:59— De Donnea is on TV, making very thinly veiled threats.
16:57— In Hoogstraten, only CD&V loses heavily. However, N-VA is the biggest party at 28.1 %.
16:48— Waarschoot Chamber: N-VA 28 %, CD&V 21.5 %, sp.a 14 %, Open VLD 13%.
16:42— In Walloon Herstal, the PS is up to 47.47 %. I smell a Walloon Prime Minister.
16:37— First official results are in Kaprijke: N-VA 32.33 %. It's not a total annihillation, but N-VA gains in a landslide.


15:58— Results are flying fast & furious now. Switching from partial result reporting to complete reporting, which might be a while coming.
15:58— Groen! is booking decent results — for a green party in Flanders. If it ends up slightly ahead, it'll be a credible negotiation partner, though it's ideologically distant from the N-VA. My prediction of N-VA, sp.a & Groen! being the Flemish victors might even realize itself.
15:35— The Chamber result in Meise is surprising in that VB loses 9 %. N-VA is at 30 %. Groen! is as big as sp.a at 7.4 %. CD&V is still barely the biggest in Vleteren.
15:19— The first Chamber result out of Landen is the first where a non-N-VA party is the biggest: sp.a.
15:15— An exit-poll by RTL in Wallonia pegs the PS at 34 %, MR at 21 %, cdH 14,9 %, Ecolo 14,3 %.
15:00— All polling stations are now closed.
14:43— One bureau in Bruges has come in, with Groen! up 3.5 %. N-VA is at 23.6 %. Very preliminary results, but if they keep up, the N-VA is steamrollering.
14:33— First putative result from Heist-op-den-Berg, where N-VA is the biggest party at 32,3 %. Open VLD loses nearly 10 %. On the other hand, it's just a single bureau.


13:30— The layout of deredactie.be is looking a lot like the one the NOS used on the 9th.
13:19— N-VA will probably become the largest party in Flanders, PS in Wallonia. Open VLD might gain, but MR loses heavily. There is no standard coalition in the cards, though I assume the Christian Dems will be shunted aside, since they had the last three years & aren't likely to see any electoral gain.
12:40— "The worst thing that can happen to you in this country is winning an election." — Bart De Wever.
12:34— The anti-compulsory voting campaign is themed as the Knights Who Say Ni? Belgium: still surrealist.
12:26— Ivan De Vadder announces that the VRT results will be their own, not the official government count; they have a reporter network set up on location. Results will be coming in starting at 2 PM, and we're interviewing politicians.
12:23— Open VLD keeps taking more pages from the American playbook, R & D. Both Obama's slogan and tax cuts. They're more like moderate Republicans in reality.
12:16— Flemish nationalists block a polling station & are turned out, francophone voters sing the national anathem.
12:08— VRT starts their coverage even though polls haven't closed. Martine Tanghe is host. Why doesn't Stefaan Meerbergen have more speaking parts? Anyway, the Rand didn't have issues with bijzitters as they feared, but in Rode Flemish nationalists are protesting, waiting for Van Rompuy.

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