Staggering exit poll figures for Sinn Féin candidate in south Donegal

Sligo - Leitrim exit poll sees Martin Kenny topping the exit poll

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Staggering exit poll figures for Sinn Féin candidate in south Donegal

Leitrim Deputy Martin Kenny is expected to top the poll as revealed by the Ocean FM Sligio IT exit poll

Outgoing Leitrim Sinn Féin deputy Martin Kenny, is set to be the big winner in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency, according to an exclusive exit poll published this evening.

The IT Sligo-Ocean FM Exit Poll gives Kenny a first preference vote of 21.1%, way ahead of the second placed candidate, Fianna Fail’s Marc MacSharry, on 13.7%, which many experts predicted to tip the poll considering his high profile position on the Public Accounts Commission.

Figures from those polled in the small part of Donegal in this constituency show Mr Kenny receiving a remarkable 44.8% of the 'Donegal' vote in Sligo-Leitrim.

Those carrying out the survey revealed on Ocean FM tonight that there was huge annoyance in places such as Ballintra at the fact that voters there could not vote in Donegal.

Meanwhile Eamon Scanlon of Fianna Fáil is on 11.8%, and former TD and MEP, Marian Harkin, is on 11.2%.

FG Party candidates Frank Feighan and Thomas Walsh are on 10.5% and 6.4% support respectively.

Surprisingly according to the poll former Fine Gael Minister, John Perry, who is standing as an Independent candidate, is on just 2%.

The survey involved a sample of 978 voters across every part of the vast constituency, which also includes South Donegal and North Roscommon, It was carried out throughout the day by students and staff of IT Sligo.

The margin of error is +/- 3.13%.

Contributors involved in the poll suggested it was, based on the figures from the poll, that Fine Gael may left without a seat in Sligo-Leitrim.