Exit poll shows Higgins winning re-election as Ireland’s president

    An exit poll indicates that Michael D. Higgins has been re-elected president of the Republic of Ireland.

    According to the BBC, the poll showed Higgins received 58 percent of first preference votes.

    The Irish presidency is largely a symbolic role.

    The poll — by Irish Broadcaster RTÉ and conducted by Red Calso — also showed 71 percent of surveyed voters voted “yes” to removing the reference to blasphemy from the Irish constitution.

    The official result is expected Saturday evening.

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