First Count: McGuinness tops the poll in Donegal NE Gallagher in SW

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While it won’t effect the outcome of the Presidential Election nationally, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has topped the poll in Donegal North East.
The figures are academic to the result with Labour’s Michael D Higgin’s set to be elected the country’s 9th President, probably on the first count.
This is how the candidates fared in Donegal North East in the first count:
Voter turnout 48.79%
Martin McGuinness 9,085
Sean Gallagher 7,978
Michael D Higgins 6,516
Dana Rosemary Scallon 1,905
Gay Mitchel 1,484
David Norris 788
Mary Davis 598
In Donegal South West Sean Gallagher’s local connection stood him well. The former Dragon’s Den star topped the poll after the first count. The breakdown in full:
Voter turnout 48.42%
Sean Gallagher 9,912
Martin McGuinness 8,738
Michael D Higgins 7,093
Gay Mitchel 1,620
Dana Rosemary Scallon 1,777
David Norris 916
Mary Davis 660

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