In a surprising turn of events, Australia's governing Liberal coalition is reportedly expected to defy predictions on Saturday and win the country's federal elections. With 70 percent of the votes in, the Coalition has won — or is ahead in — 74 seats. Labor trails with 66. The Coalition needs 76 to form a majority government for Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The anticipated victory comes as a shock in light of most pre-election opinion polling, which largely pointed to a narrow victory for Labor and its leader, Bill Shorten, who announced he would resign after accepting defeat. Australia has mandatory voting and a reported record 16.4 million voters enrolled for the election.

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