The results of Israel's national election are starting to trickle in, and show the race is too close to call. With 25.77 percent of votes counted early Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party had 28.42 percent of the vote, followed by the Blue and White Party with 25.4 percent. Exit polls showed that he did not appear to have enough votes for a parliamentary majority, and the Central Elections Commission told the Times of Israel the final tally might not be known until Wednesday afternoon. The commission also said 69.4 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots, with higher turnout among Arab voters; this was likely due to Netanyahu's actions before the election, as he questioned their loyalty and vowed to annex settlements in the West Bank.
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