Referendum 2018: From nerves to elation as Longford says Yes
As counting of votes in the Eighth Amendment Referendum got underway this morning in Kenagh, there was a nervousness among Twitter followers as Longford ballot boxes were opened and they showed the margin between Yet and No was much tighter than the RTE and Irish Times exit polls showed.
Tallying has just finished at the count centre and with the early estimate for Longford, showing an overall outcome of 53.6% Yes and 46.4% No, the nervousness among Tweeters has been replaced with elation and pride.
Looks like Longford has come out for Yes 53 to 47— John Connell (@JConnelj2) May 26, 2018
Was a rumour that counts in Longford were showing strong “no”. Local paper projecting 53% yes from tallies. https://t.co/cQ5RzK0lKy— lisa o'carroll (@lisaocarroll) May 26, 2018
Possible that Longford says yes? I will be floored but also proud https://t.co/ZgKO1Sa6LM— Johnny Fallon (@jonnyfallon) May 26, 2018
My sense is Longford, where I’m from, is an outlier. Looks like there will be pro repeal majorities even in rural Ireland— Peter Geoghegan (@PeterKGeoghegan) May 26, 2018
Longford county voted no in the marriage ref too but the Westmeath vote ment the constituency returned a yes vote. So not surprising but disappointing again.— Kerrie (@Kerrie0) May 26, 2018
Longford looking a bit dodge though. It's strangely fascinating to see the difference in percentages between constituencies.— Dicey (@dicey69) May 26, 2018