Ra’am, Yisrael Beytenu cast doubt over exit polls

Mansour Abbas, whose Islamist Ra’am party is projected to fall short of the four-seat threshold to enter the Knesset, says he believes by the morning, the actual vote count will show his party returning to the halls of power, Ynet reports.

According to Channel 12 news, turnout in the Arab community was only 44%, part of what may have sunk the party.

Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer also says he thinks the exit polls are mistaken, noting that they did not account for the 600,000 absentee ballots, which may account for as many as 15 seats.

“History shows that our results will be better in the actual count. Nothing will be clear until Friday afternoon.”

Exit polls show the party getting 6-8 seats.