PM Renzi faces heavy defeat in Italy mayoral elections: exit polls

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Virginia Raggi, 5-Star Movement candidate for Rome's mayor, waves on stage during a rally in Ostia, near Rome, Italy June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Rome (Reuters) – Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement looked set to easily win the election for mayor in Rome and Turin, exit polls said on Sunday, dealing a severe blow to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The polls suggested Renzi’s center-left Democratic Party (PD) might retain the financial capital Milan, providing some consolation for the prime minister as he prepares for a crucial referendum on constitutional reform in October that he has staked his political career on.

Rome

Raggi 67,7% M5S
Giachetti 32,3% PD

Milan

Sala 51,8% PD
Parisi 48,2% Center-right coalition

Napoli

De Magistris 67% Left party
Lettieri 33% Center-right coalition

Turin

Appendino 56,7% M5S
Fassino 43,3% PD

Bologna

Merola 55,1% PD
Borgonzoni 44,9% Center-right coalition

Trieste

Di Piazza 52,4% Center-right coalition
Cosolini 47,6% PD