Supporters of Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa react following the announcement of firsts election results in Lisbon Sunday night, Oct. 6, 2019. An exit poll indicates the center-left Socialist Party has collected the most votes in Portugal's general election and is poised to continue in government for another four years. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The latest on Portugal's election (all times local):

11:55 p.m.

Portugal's center-left Socialist Party has collected the most votes in Sunday's general election, leaving it poised to continue in government for another four years.

With 208 seats in the 230-seat parliament awarded in the official count, the Socialists reached 99 seats, compared with 74 for the second-place Social Democratic Party. Social Democrat leader Rui Rio conceded defeat.

The parliament chooses a government, usually taken from the party that has the most lawmakers. 

It remained unclear, however, if the Socialists would get a parliamentary majority.

That could mean they would take power as a minority government or pursue a governing alliance with other left-of-center parties — as they did in their last term with the Portuguese Communist Party and the radical Left Bloc. 

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8 p.m.

An exit poll indicates the center-left Socialist Party has collected the most votes in Portugal's general election and is poised to continue in government for another four years.

The estimate, published by the S.I.C. television channel, projects that the Socialists will capture 36-40% of Sunday's vote. It says the main opposition Social Democratic Party will get 24-28%.

It gives the radical Left Bloc 9-12%, the Portuguese Communist Party 5-7% and the Christian Democrats 2.4-5%

It estimates turnout at 48.5-52.5%, which would be a record low.

The exit poll by Lisbon University's public survey department was based on asking people leaving polling stations how they had voted. The result was roughly in line with opinion polls published before the election.

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8:15 a.m.

Portugal is holding a general election, with the center-left Socialist Party widely expected to collect most votes and stay in government for another four years.

The Socialists have overseen a strong economic recovery, with unemployment dropping by around half, to 6%, over its term. They have also started straightening out Portugal's ill-managed public finances.

The main opposition Social Democrats party is still associated with the deep cutbacks and a three-year recession that ended in 2014, when the center-right party was in power.

Recent opinion polls have indicated that the Socialists will fall short of a majority in parliament. That means they may have to negotiate alliances with smaller left-of-center parties, as they did in their last term, to pass legislation.

Sunday's ballot is open to around 10.8 million eligible voters.

An elderly man walks to a voting booth to fill his ballot paper at a polling station in Lisbon Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Portugal is holding a general election Sunday in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Cars drive past billboards of Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, left, and Left Bloc leader Catarina Martins, in Lisbon, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. Slogan on the Socialist's billboard reads in Portuguese,
In this picture taken Oct. 2, Serenah Sabat, a 26-year-old Palestinian asylum-seeker from Bethlehem, poses for a photo at the restaurant she co-manages in Lisbon.  As Portugal heads to the polls for a general election the coming weekend, the liberal and migrant-welcoming Socialist Party is tipped for a resounding win, without the loud populists far-right groups that have played hard in some other parts of Europe. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
In this Sept. 23, 2019 file picture, Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa shakes hands with Social Democratic Party leader Rui Rio, left, before an election debate on national radio in Lisbon. The two mainstream parties are expected to garner most votes in upcoming Sunday's General Election ballot, with the center-left Socialist Party showing an opinion poll lead of at least 7 percentage points over the center-right Social Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, center, holds up a rose during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
In this picture taken Oct. 2, Serenah Sabat, a 26-year-old Palestinian asylum-seeker from Bethlehem, center, laughs with Fatima Ghannam, right, and Rana, both from Syria, at the Middle Eastern restaurant where they work in Lisbon. Portugal heads to the polls for a general election the coming weekend, with the liberal and migrant-welcoming Socialist Party is tipped for a resounding win, without the loud populists far-right groups that have played hard in some other parts of Europe. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
In this Sept. 24, 2019 file picture, Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa raises his fist during a campaign rally in Lisbon. The two mainstream parties are expected to garner most votes in Sunday's national General Election ballot, with the center-left Socialist Party showing an opinion poll lead of at least 7 percentage points over the center-right Social Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, center, and his wife Fernanda Tadeu, right, shout slogans during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa greets supporters during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, right, and Finance Minister Masrio Centeno hold roses during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa receives a hug from a supporter during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, right, and Lisbon Socialist Mayor Fernando Medina, left, wave to supporters during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
A Socialist Party supporter has her picture taken by the statue of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa while waiting for the arrival of Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa for an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, center right, with his wife Fernanda Tadeu, center, and Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina, left, wave to supporters during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Rui Rio, leader of the Social Democratic Party, gestures during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Rui Rio, leader of the Social Democratic Party, and councilwoman Filipa Roseta gesture during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Rui Rio, leader of the Social Democratic Party, center, gestures during an election campaign rally in Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Rui Rio, leader of the Social Democratic Party, center, waves a Portuguese flag during an election campaign rally in Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Rui Rio, leader of the Social Democratic Party, center, gestures during an election campaign rally in Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Rui Rio, leader of the Social Democratic Party, center, gestures during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Rui Rio, leader of the Social Democratic Party, center, gestures during an election campaign rally in Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. Slogan in the background reads,