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.