Michael D. Higgins – the President elect, after preliminary results just announced (image: Labour Party)
After probably the most controversial and personality-related Presidential election since the Republic became independent, the Labour Party candidate, Michael Daniel Higgins became the 9th President of the Republic of Ireland.
The former Senator and TD beat most people’s favourite, Séan Gallagher, after the latter was accussed of pocketing political donations. Gallagher had 40% of the vote with Higgins on just 25%, according to opinion polls, up until a few days before the vote, but a series of revelations alternated those percentages, almost identically.
Total Electorate: 3,191,157
Total Turnout: 1,790,438
Total Spoiled Votes: 18,676
Total Valid Votes: 1,771,762
1st Preference Votes & Subsequent Counts:
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|Candidate||1st Pref.||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4|
|Michael D Higgins||39.6%||701,101||730,480||793,128||1,007,104|
|Dana Rosemary Scallon||2.9%||51,220||out||out||out|
1st Preference Poll-Toppers In Each Constituency:
Election Map: The most 1st preference votes in each Constituency (image: Irish Political Maps)
1st Pref. For Each Candidate, Per Constituency:
All maps via Irish Political Maps (Public Domain)
- 1st Preference % for Dana Rosemary Scallon (Independent)
- 1st Preference % for David Norris (Independent)
- 1st Preference % for Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael)
- 1st Preference % for Martin McGuinness (Sinn Fein)
- 1st Preference % for Mary Davis (Independent)
- 1st Preference % for Michael D. Higgins (Labour Party)
- 1st Preference % for Sean Gallagher (Independent)