The Dutch center-right ruling party emerged as the Netherlands' largest in exit polls from the general elections Wednesday, despite predictions of a major electoral victory for the anti-Islam party of Geert Wilders.

Volkskrant Daily exit polls showed Prime Minister Mark Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy receiving 31 seats out of the Dutch lower house's 150 and 19 for Wilders' Party for Freedom. The centrist Christian Democratic Appeal and the left-leaning D66 party also had 19 seats, according to the polls.

In the 2012 elections, the ruling party received 41 seats and the Party for Freedom garnered 15.

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