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Israelis went to the polls today for a national election that pits Netanyahu against former military chief Benny Gantz.

Turnout by late afternoon was slightly higher than the last vote, with more than 6.3 million voters eligible.  https://lat.ms/2kFVcEz 

Exit polls point to a dead heat between Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political survival, and Benny Gantz.  https://lat.ms/2kFVcEz 

Netanyahu has appeared to falter in his quest for a new term in office, with most exit polls giving a slight edge to Benny Gantz.

However, the race is too close to call.  https://lat.ms/2kFVcEz 

In a wee-hours appearance, a somber Netanyahu pointedly refrained from claiming victory.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-09-16/israel-election-netanyahu-high-stakes 


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