From the Associated Press:
MADRID (AP) — Spain's opposition conservatives are headed for victory and perhaps an absolute majority in parliament as voters braving staggering unemployment ousted the ruling Socialists, according to official results based on 20 percent of the votes cast.
The Interior Ministry said the center-right Popular Party had 179 seats in the 350-member lower chamber, against 109 for the Socialists. In the last legislature, the conservatives had 154 seats and the Socialists 169. An absolute majority is 176.
The Socialist party in Spain has been particularly insidious over the past eight or so years, infuriating Catholics by setting in place a number of horrendous, anti-Catholic, uber-liberal reforms. Over the years, Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero took gratuitous digs at President Bush during the latter's administration.
Questions remain as to how quickly, if at all, the new conservative majority will overturn the Zapatero-era laws. Time will tell, but I'm optimistic. I've been waiting for this day for years. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing today, find a way to celebrate this. Hopefully, our own election will go as well in a year.