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Spain's Socialists Expected to Win Easily in Vote Today Only Question Is Whether Gonzalez Can Retain Majority in Parliament, Pollsters Say
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Jun 22, 1986
Start Page: 5
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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In one of the most decisive electoral victories in Spanish history, [Felipe Gonzalez] and his Spanish Socialist Workers Party won 48.4% of the vote in the 1982 parliamentary election, taking 202 of the 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies, the main house of the Spanish Parliament.

Most polls indicate some slippage for the Socialists from those heights, and a few late soundings even raise the possibility that Gonzalez could dip below the 176 seats needed for a majority. But the Socialists would still dominate Congress so much that Gonzalez, following the example of several other European heads of government without single party majorities, could rule with relative ease.

In the end, Gonzalez won a resounding victory when almost 60% of the Spanish electorate voted to remain in NATO, and [Manuel Fraga] looked foolish. The sureness of this victory in March prompted Gonzalez to take advantage of the momentum and schedule early parliamentary elections in June.

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