Hungarian Prime Minister Expected to Win Third Successive Term

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends the last campaign event of his Fidesz party in the town of Szekesfehervar

Clad in a green summer jacket and white shirt, Jobbik leader Gabor Vona, 39, arrived to vote in the eastern Hungarian city of Gyongyos, his home town and the district where he is likely to win a seat. Some officials said the final participation figure could be the highest since Hungary returned to democracy in 1990.

In last elections of 2014, Orban's coalition Fidesz-KDNP won 133 seats, securing two thirds of the parliament, also known as a super majority.

A strong victory could embolden him to put more muscle into a Central European alliance against the European Union's migration policies.

Polls officially closed at 7 p.m., but anyone waiting in line at that time has the right to vote and could therefore still cast their ballot.

Voter turnout in Hungary's parliamentary election reached 42.3 percent by 1100 GMT on Sunday, the highest interim tally since 2002, National Election Office data showed.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is seeking a fourth term on a platform that openly demonizes migrants to Europe.

The autocratic Orban has campaigned heavily on his unyielding anti-migration policies, though voters say they are more concerned with poverty, growing government corruption and the country's underfunded health care system.

Long lines of voters were reported at the Hungarian embassies in London and Paris.

Voter turnout in the first hours of voting in Hungary's election is the highest since 1998.

High turnout has forced some Hungarian polling places to remain open, delaying the announcement of results in the national election.

"It's for sure that a low turnout would only have favoured Fidesz" and its highly committed voters, said Gabor Gyori, a senior analyst at political research institute Policy Solutions.

On Origo.hu, a formerly independent website now owned by government allies, stories promoted Orban while also focusing on migration with headlines like "Migrant gangs fought in England", "They can't stand it anymore in Sweden: They've had enough of migrants", and "A migrant in underpants beat a German retiree half to death".

"This is a country which has always stepped up for itself, so we can trust in the people, I will accept their decision", he said.

Orban, who focused his campaign on his harsh anti-migration stance, says it's a "misunderstanding" that his frequently harsh criticism of Brussels was directed at the whole of the European Union.

The strongest opposition party is former far-right Jobbik, which has recast its image as a more moderate nationalist force.

Orban told reporters after casting his ballot that he is fighting for the future of his beloved country.

Opposition parties have urged Hungarians to vote tactically for the opposition candidate with the best chance to defeat the Fidesz candidate in the 106 individual districts - but it is not clear how much impact that will have.

A woman said she didn't vote for the ruling party.

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