Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson tops EU poll in Northern Ireland - with Alliance's Naomi Long favourite to secure third seat
Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson has secured the most first preference votes in the European Elections in Northern Ireland.
Ms Anderson received 126,951 first preference votes, with the DUP's Diane Dodds securing 124,991 votes.
Alliance leader Naomi Long received 105,928, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood 78,589, TUV leader Jim Allister 62,021 and UUP candidate Danny Kennedy 53,052.
No one has yet been elected, with the quota set at 143,112.
Ms Anderson and Mrs Dodds are widely expected to secure two of the MEP seats, while the third seat is up for grabs, but Alliance leader Naomi Long is the front runner at this point, having secured the third most first preference votes.
Green Party leader Clare Bailey (12,471), UKIP's Robert Hill (5,115), Independent candidate Jane Morrice (1,719), Independent candidate Neill McCann (948) and Conservative Party candidate Amandeep Singh Bhogal (662) have all been eliminated after the first stage.
Danny Kennedy was excluded after stage two.
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