Sunday’s general election in Spain was a turning point in Spanish politics — but in much a different way than anticipated.

The European Union’s fourth largest economy went to the polls expecting a landslide for a conservative coalition, which would have allowed a far-right party to claim some governing power at the national level for the first time in modern Spain’s 45-year democratic history. But in defiance of the polls, and much to everyone’s surprise, the vote became a plebiscite in favor of the political center.

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