Sinn Fein’s, Martin Kenny, is set to be the big winner in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency, according to an exclusive exit poll published this evening.
The IT Sligo-Ocean FM Exit Poll gives Kenny a first preference vote of 21.1%, way ahead of the second placed candidate, Fianna Fail’s Marc MacSharry, on 13.7%.
Eamon Scanlon of Fianna Fail is on 11.8%, and former TD and MEP, Marian Harkin, is on 11.2%.
The poll shows that Fine Gael will be battling hard to retain even one seat in the constituency, with party candidates Frank Feighan and Thomas Walsh on 10.5% and 6.4% support respectively.
Former Fine Gael Minister, John Perry, who is standing as an Independent candidate, is on just 2%.
The survey involved a sample of 978 voters across every part of the vast constituency, which also includes South Donegal and North Roscommon, It was carried out throughout the day by students and staff of IT Sligo.
The margin of error is +/- 3.13%
Analysis of the second preference votes shows that Marian Harkin is the most transfer friendly candidate, on 12.6%, followed by Marc MacSharry on 11.9%.