Sweden’s right and left neck-and-neck in hotly contested election

Sweden’s right and left neck-and-neck in hotly contested election
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Sweden's main left- and right-leaning parties were locked in a tight race as early results began to filter in on Sunday, with one far-right party winning significant gains in parliament.

The Sweden Democrats, a party with white supremacist roots, saw its vote share increase from 12.9 percent in the previous election to 19.2 percent on Sunday, Reuters reported

As a result, neither mainstream party will secure an outright majority in parliament, Reuters reported. The left-leaning Social Democrats and their allies earned 39.4 percent of the vote, according to exit polls, while the right-leaning Alliance polled at 39.6 percent.

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Reuters reported that right-leaning parties won gains compared to previous elections in the traditionally liberal country, thanks in large part to fears over immigration.

The subject of immigration also played a significant role in the 2016 "Brexit" referendum that saw British citizens vote to leave the European Union.

Concerns over immigration and the influx of migrants among EU member nations played a key role in a number of other elections across Europe that saw far-right parties make a dent in mainstream majorities. Far-right candidates and parties have seen their stock rise in Italy, Poland, Germany and elsewhere in the past year.

Stephen Bannon, the former chief strategist for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE, said earlier this year he intends to set up a political foundation in Europe with the goal of securing electoral victories for far-right, nationalist parties.

Trump has regularly warned European nations that they will lose their "culture" without imposing stricter immigration laws, something the president has sought in the U.S. as well.