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Greece: Polls show 2 main parties in dead heat before election

  • A municipal worker sets up a ballot box among other election materials at a school's classroom, in central Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that will be a polling station for Sept. 20 elections. The box reads in Greek: 'Ballot box'. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A municipal worker sets up a ballot box among other election materials at a school's classroom, in central Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that will be a polling station for Sept. 20 elections. The box reads in Greek: 'Ballot box'. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A municipal worker carries voting booths to a school's classroom, in central Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that will be a polling station for the Sept. 20, elections. The box reads in Greek: 'Ballot box'. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A municipal worker carries voting booths to a school's classroom, in central Athens, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that will be a polling station for the Sept. 20, elections. The box reads in Greek: 'Ballot box'. It is the third time this year Greeks will be voting, with the economy still in dire straits, a quarter of workers jobless, and capital controls limiting cash access to savings to 420 euros ($470) per week. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis waves to supporters following his speech at a pre-election rally at Omonia square in central Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy Meimarakis. The sign on the podium reads in Greek: 'Greece Forward' and the one on the stage background reads: 'Forward'.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis waves to supporters following his speech at a pre-election rally at Omonia square in central Athens, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Opinion polls indicate a race too close to call, with Syriza's leader and former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggling to maintain the narrowest of leads over his main opponent, center-right New Democracy Meimarakis. The sign on the podium reads in Greek: 'Greece Forward' and the one on the stage background reads: 'Forward'. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

Opinion polls published on the final day of campaigning in Greece suggest the left-wing Syriza party and conservative New Democracy are in a dead heat before a general election Sunday.

Three surveys published Friday show the two parties roughly level within the margin of error, with the winner likely to require the support of two smaller parties to form a coalition government.

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras resigned as prime minister and called the snap election last month after reaching an agreement with eurozone creditors for a third bailout that triggered a split within his party.

Syriza has maintained a narrow lead in most polls, and has ruled out forming a grand coalition with the conservatives.

Under Greece's electoral system, the first party receives a 50-seat bonus in the 300-member parliament.