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Nationalist Rise Has Sweden Headed for Gridlock After Election

  • Poll shows no clear winner among establishment alliances
  • Social Democrats headed for worst election since 1921

Photographer: Fredrik Persson/AFP via Getty Images

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Sweden’s nationalists are cementing their support at near 20 percent as the country heads for an election in September that is all but certain to end in gridlock.

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats (SD) were backed by 18.5 percent of potential voters, up 5.6 percentage points from the election in 2014, a closely watched biannual poll from the country’s statistics office showed on Tuesday.