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That is easy: The number of eligible voters was deflated by the quasi gold-standard policy of the bundesbank.

Do you also want to know why the chicken crossed the road?

More seriously,

the PSOE lost 4.3 million votes.

Participation dropped by 1.3 million,
CiU, IU and UPyD gained 1.7 million,
and the PP gained 500,000 votes.

That still leaves a remnant, but that is probably somewhere in abstentions and blank votes and minor parties. So one half of PSOE voters did go to the left or regional parties, a third did stay home and only some voted PP.    

by IM on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 01:44:35 PM EST
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