Spain's Socialist Party overcame a sputtering economy and the murder of a former councilor to win today's national election, the BBC reports. "The Spanish people have spoken clearly and have decided to open a new period without tension, without confrontation," Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a crowd of supporters in Madrid.
With 92% of votes tallied, the Socialists are projected to win 168 seats, compared to the conservative Popular Party's 154. But the Socialist Party failed to win a parliamentary majority and may need to re-form an uneasy union with a smaller, nationalist party. PP's campaign chief welcomed today's result, saying "the number of votes we have won has risen considerably from 2004, as has the number of seats."