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Arlene Foster tops poll despite drop in votes

DUP leader and former First Minister Arlene Foster has topped the poll in her home constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Mrs Foster who has maintained a distinct distance from the media in a private room at the count centre in Omagh received 8,479 first preference votes, around 300 less than 10 months ago.

Sinn Fein’s Michelle Gildernew took second spot with 7,987 votes, while her party colleagues Gemma Dolan and Sean Lynch received 7,767 and 6,254 respectively, a marked increase in the overall Sinn Fein vote.

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The UUP’s Rosemary Barton doubled her vote from 10 months ago – with 6,060 compared with 3,018 from last year.

The SDLP’s Richie McPhilips also enjoyed a boost in support with 5,134 votes, up from 4,014.

The quota for election is 8,711 so the votes of five eliminated candidates will redistributed.

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