Exit Polls Indicate Barak Landslide
(May 17, 1999)
One Israel leader Ehud Barak defeated incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the race for prime minister by a landslide margin of 14 to 17 percentage points one of the worst defeats in modern Israeli political history according to exit polls run by both state-run television stations, the results of which were announced at 10 p.m. Israel time.
Channel 1 gave Barak the widest winning margin: 58.5 percent over 41.5%. Channel 2 gave the winning margin at 57% to 43%.
Exit polls suggest the Knesset will once again be fragmented, with at least 11 parties expected to win seats and neither of the major parties likely to win more than 30% of the 120 at stake.
Source: Jerusalem Post, (May 17, 1999).