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Establishment survives far-right surge in Swedish election

Supporters of Sweden's Social Democrat party celebrate
Supporters react at the Social Democratic Party's election party in Stockholm, on September 9, 2018. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden's incumbent Social Democratic Party received the most votes in Sunday's pivotal election, batting off a challenge from the nationalist far-right Sweden Democrats, who had their best-ever performance but finished in third place, per SVT.

But, but, but: The Social Democrats, who had their worst election performance since World War I, led the previous government with a center-left coalition, but are neck-and-neck with a center-right coalition led by the Moderate Party. There will likely be a battle to determine the members of the next coalition government, but the Sweden Democrats, who the main parties have pledged to cut out of any coalition deal, will likely hold enough seats to sway decisive votes in parliament.