Sinn Féin's support has surged in Donegal in line with the national trend
The national fall in support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has been replicated in Donegal where the massive Sinn Féin vote inevitably has impacted on the outgoing TDs from the two main parties.
Sinn Féin’s vote has surged from 27.5% in 2016 to 44%, according to tallies.
The most significant drop has been in the Fianna Fáil vote in a county which traditionally has had strong support for the party.
The party's support has dropped from 31% in 2016 to 20% in 2020. The party’s agriculture spokesman Charlie McConalouge topped the poll in Donegal in 2016 with 12,507 first preferences. He has seen his vote fall by more than 4,000 to 8,322.
He polled almost 8,000 in Inishowen in 2016 but that fell to just over 5,000 this time.
In Letterkenny and Milford, his vote of just over 2,300 this time was down from 3,437.
His vote in the Donegal electoral area stayed largely the same while in Glenties his support fell from 245 to 130. In Stranorlar his vote fell to 408 from 544.
There has also been a drop in the vote of Fianna Fáil’s Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher from 10,145 to 7,523.
In Inishowen, his vote fell from 189 to 136 while in Letterkenny and Milford his first preferences fell to 816 from 909. In the Donegal electoral area his vote fell from 1,805 to 1,492 and in his own area of Glenties he has lost around 1,500 first preferences, dropping to just over 3,500.
Fine Gael vote down
Fine Gael’s vote has dropped from 15% to 13%.
McHugh's overall vote fell by over 700 first preferences from 8,337 to a tally of 7,613. His vote fell in Inishowen from 1,859 to 1,485 and in Donegal from 959 to 753. He saw an increase in the Letterkenny and Milford areas from 3,500 compared to 3,321 in 2016.
In Glenties he took 1,348 in 2016 compared to 1,217 this time.
In Stranorlar his vote fell from 800 in 2016 to just over 600 with running mates in both elections coming from the Finn Valley.
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