Israeli Race Neck and Neck

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2009 7:11 AM CST
A Druze man stands next to election campaign billboards showing Israeli Foreign Minister and Kadima party leader Tzipi Livni, in the northern Israeli Arab Druze village of Daliyat Al-Carmel.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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(Newser) – Today's parliamentary elections in Israel are still too close to call, with polls showing foreign minister Tzipi Livni locked in a statistical dead heat with hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu, reports Reuters. Centrist Livni closed in on the right-winger's lead following Israel's 22-day incursion into Gaza.

"The trend we've seen the last few days indicates a very close battle," said one pollster. "No one has jumped ahead and it's tough to call." (Read more Israel stories.)