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The exit poll for the 2017 general election was released on Thursday evening, and to say it's 'interesting' would be a bit of an understatement.
The results of the poll, collected and processed by broadcasters including BBC and Sky, predicted that Britain is headed for a hung Parliament.
Theresa May, who triggered the election with a gargantuan majority in the polls over her main opponent Jeremy Corbyn, is projected to only take 314 seats in total.
12 short of a majority. And 17 fewer than what they had previously.
Britain elects summed it up pretty succinctly.
Holy shit.— Britain Elects (@Britain Elects) 1496955704
People couldn't really handle the news.
OMG OMG OMG OMFG OMFG— Nick 🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@Nick 🇪🇺🏳️🌈) 1496955819
When Mrs May called the snap election, she maintained that an increased majority would strengthen her hand during the Brexit negotiations.
It was also widely believed that she would utterly annihilate the Labour party in the process.
However, over the past few weeks Labour and their leader Jeremy Corbyn seem to have slowly clawed back voters and popularity.
The irony that Theresa May has possibly been an architect of her own failure has not gone unnoticed.
Oh my word. Has Theresa May just scored the greatest political own goal in history? https://t.co/luk322yk4v— James Ball (@James Ball) 1496955661
Mrs May didn't need to call this election, she could have remained Prime Minister until at least 2020 thanks to the fixed term parliament act.
People think she has truly tripped herself up.
Theresa May: "IF I CALL ELECTION EVERYONE WILL VOTE TORY" Theresa May right now: "oh no"— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) 1496955998
Oh no indeed.
Imagine being Theresa May right now https://t.co/sNpXKpG2LI— Great Editor (@Great Editor) 1496955809
It's a long night, and exit polls are not 100% accurate.
So June really is the end of May? #GE2017— Wolfgang Blau (@Wolfgang Blau) 1496955954
Theresa May watching the exit polls emerge on her Panasonic https://t.co/rNlQVdWxY4— Ben (@Ben) 1496955864
But it's fairly safe to say...
This isn't the result that Mrs May was hoping for.
ME AT 9:59pm: "We're stuck with Theresa May for years to come" ME AT 10:01pm: https://t.co/Th0ToTPOxI— Chris Smyth (@Chris Smyth) 1496956191
A number of people are making this valid point.
Theresa May has wasted everyone's time and money— Lucas (@Lucas) 1496956168
Regardless what happens, this doesn't look good for the leader of the Conservative party.
Tory HQ must be rather strange right now.
Theresa May right now #ElectionDay #ExitPoll https://t.co/fpcA7YMaqi— John McCarthy (@John McCarthy) 1496956151
It's just all over the place.
Theresa May has lost a lot of respect.
A fake parody account perhaps summed it up best.
WHAT THE FUCK HAVE I DONE!!! #ExitPoll #BBCelection #ElectionDay2017— Bor(ish) Johnson (@Bor(ish) Johnson) 1496955859
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