Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party wins Israeli election

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv. Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party has scored a resounding victory in the country's election.

With nearly all the votes counted Wednesday Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament's 120 seats. Exit polls had shown a tight race with the opposition Zionist Union but it wound up with just 24 seats.

Netanyahu will now have a relatively easy time putting together a coalition government with right-wing and religious allies.