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Euroskeptic party expected to win Polish election after 8 years of pro-Europe, pro-market rule

  • Cars drive past election posters in Warsaw evening, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, one day ahead of the parliamentary elections in which Poles will choose 460 lawmakers to the lower chamber and 100 senators. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Cars drive past election posters in Warsaw evening, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, one day ahead of the parliamentary elections in which Poles will choose 460 lawmakers to the lower chamber and 100 senators. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman reads her ballot before casting during general elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.  Poles voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to shift power from a centrist and pro-market party to a socially conservative and somewhat Euro skeptic party that favors more welfare spending to help the poor.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    A woman reads her ballot before casting during general elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Poles voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to shift power from a centrist and pro-market party to a socially conservative and somewhat Euro skeptic party that favors more welfare spending to help the poor.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman reads her ballot before casting during general elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.  Poles voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to shift power from a centrist and pro-market party to a socially conservative and somewhat Euro skeptic party that favors more welfare spending to help the poor.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    A woman reads her ballot before casting during general elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Poles voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to shift power from a centrist and pro-market party to a socially conservative and somewhat Euro skeptic party that favors more welfare spending to help the poor.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Poles have begun voting in a parliamentary election that is expected to shift power from a centrist and pro-market party to a socially conservative and Euroskeptic party that favors more welfare spending to help the poor.

Voting stations across this nation of 37 million people opened at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Sunday and are to close at 9 p.m. (2000 GMT).

Exit polls will be released when polls close, with official results due Monday.

Opinion polls show the populist Law and Justice party holding a strong lead over the ruling party, Civic Platform, which has governed the country for eight years.

It is not clear if Law and Justice will win enough votes to govern alone or if it will need a coalition partner.