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Israel’s Netanyahu Declares Win; Race Too Close To Be Called

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory after a tight national election appeared to give him the upper hand in forming the country’s next coalition government.

In a statement released on Twitter, Netanyahu says that “against all odds” his Likud party and the nationalist camp secured a “great victory.”

Initial exit polls showed Netanyahu’s Likud Party deadlocked with the center-left Zionist Union. But the results indicated that Netanyahu would have an easier time cobbling together a majority coalition with hardline and religious allies.

Netanyahu said he had already begun to call potential partners. (AP)