An earthquake is coming that will force us to redraw all the political maps. The center-right, as expected, is first, but far from the percentages needed for a parliamentary majority: between 33 and 36 percent. The truly explosive news is Lega Nord overtaking Forza Italia (FI).
In the second round of projections overnight, Salvini’s party, with 17.4 percent, will beat FI’s 14.1 percent by more than 3 points. The exit polls revealed a close race between the parties, each with 12-16 percent in the vote for both chambers, while the FDI had between 4 and 6 percent and Noi con Italia did not pass the threshold of 3 percent.
“It’s just healthy competition,” says Silvio Berlusconi ally Paolo Romani. Healthy perhaps, but certainly tense. Until a couple of weeks ago, a photo finish between the two parties seemed impossible. Then the winds changed, and the Lega began to gain ground and leave its mark on Berlusconi’s campaign, increasingly less moderate and pushed to adopt the positions of Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni. In recent days, the worry that one could sense when talking with Forza Italia members had gotten very close to panic.