Another updated exit poll dents Netanyahu coalition hopes

A new exit poll from Channel 13 is also bad news for Benjamin Netanyahu, showing the Likud leader’s bloc dropping from 54 seats to 53, with another seven seats from Yamina, creating a possible 60-60 deadlock.

Meanwhile, the Central Elections Committee has begun releasing actual results. The 40,000 votes counted so far track fairly closely with the exit polls, albeit showing higher than projected levels of support for Religious Zionism, and lower levels for the Joint List, likely reflecting the demographic makeup of the ballot boxes tallied so far.