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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara vote in Tuesday's elections. Photo: Ariel Schalit/AFP via Getty Images

Voting ended in Israel's election Tuesday, with exit polls projecting a dead heat.

The latest: Exit polls in Israel show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party won 35 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, while retired Gen. Benny Gantz's Blue and White party also clinched 35. Both candidates declared victory. This is the 4th election Netanyahu won in a row. 

Why it matters: The exit polls aren't always completely accurate, and the outcome will ultimately depend on each party's ability to form a majority coalition. The centrist Blue and White party was expected to win more seats, but Netanyahu and Likud have better odds of forming a government — likely an ultra right-wing bloc that would allow him to stay prime minister regardless of pending indictments for bribery, breach of trust and fraud.

By the numbers:

  • Channel 13's exit poll showed Netanyahu and Gantz tied with 36 seats each. But it projects the right-wing bloc to win 66 seats, meaning Netanyahu would ultimately get another term.
  • Channel 12's poll was more dramatic and showed Gantz leading Netanyahu 37 to 34, with the right-wing and centre-left blocs tied at 60 seats each. In this scenario, Gantz could be the next prime minister. 
  • The Channel 11 poll showed Gantz leading Netanyahu 37-36 but the right-wing bloc gaining a majority.

What to watch: The results will begin to take shape later tonight when the votes are counted and it becomes clear which of the smaller parties passed the threshold to enter the Knesset.

The backdrop: This year's elections were called early due to fractures within Netanyahu's ruling coalition. The race was the dirtiest and most negative in Israel's history, with several foreign countries, including the U.S. and Russia, exerting influence in the final weeks of the campaign.

Go deeper: Israel's elections mark referendum on 13 years of Netanyahu

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Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says

Photo: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, his attorney told Fox News Tuesday.

Why it matters: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel last month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

Updated 4 hours ago - Economy & Business

The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

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4 hours ago - Health

Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.

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