With all ballot boxes in the Sligo Leitrim count centre opened, final tallies show Martin Kenny (SF) on almost 15,000 votes.
He looks to have taken a bigger share of the vote that his next two nearest candidates combined.
A first count result is not expected until late evening.
The top six according to the final tallies are:
Martin Kenny (SF) 14,988 (25%)
Marc MacSharry (FF) 6,947 (12%)
Marian Harkin (Ind) 6,940 (12%)
Eamon Scanlon (FF) 6,191 (10%)
Frank Feighan (FG) 5,314 (9%)
Thomas Walsh on 4,746 (8%)
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