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Election campaign begins in Spain for June 26 early vote

  • FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016 file photo, Spanish Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, second right, shouts slogans as he poses for the media with his party members outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain. Spain's political parties are set to launch two-week campaigns leading up to a June 26, 2016 election aimed at breaking six months of political paralysis after a December election shattered the nation's two traditional two-party system and politicians failed to negotiate a governing coalition. Campaigning begins at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016 file photo, Spanish Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, second right, shouts slogans as he poses for the media with his party members outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain. Spain's political parties are set to launch two-week campaigns leading up to a June 26, 2016 election aimed at breaking six months of political paralysis after a December election shattered the nation's two traditional two-party system and politicians failed to negotiate a governing coalition. Campaigning begins at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015 file photo, a giant photo of Spanish Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez is displayed on a giant screen near the Gran Via street in Madrid Spain. Spain's political parties are set to launch two-week campaigns leading up to a June 26, 2016 election aimed at breaking six months of political paralysis after a December election shattered the nation's two traditional two-party system and politicians failed to negotiate a governing coalition. Campaigning begins at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015 file photo, a giant photo of Spanish Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez is displayed on a giant screen near the Gran Via street in Madrid Spain. Spain's political parties are set to launch two-week campaigns leading up to a June 26, 2016 election aimed at breaking six months of political paralysis after a December election shattered the nation's two traditional two-party system and politicians failed to negotiate a governing coalition. Campaigning begins at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2015 file photo, a man holds a photo of Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera before the closing campaign rally in Madrid, Spain. Spain's political parties are set to launch two-week campaigns leading up to a June 26, 2016 election aimed at breaking six months of political paralysis after a December election shattered the nation's two traditional two-party system and politicians failed to negotiate a governing coalition. Campaigning begins at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2015 file photo, a man holds a photo of Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera before the closing campaign rally in Madrid, Spain. Spain's political parties are set to launch two-week campaigns leading up to a June 26, 2016 election aimed at breaking six months of political paralysis after a December election shattered the nation's two traditional two-party system and politicians failed to negotiate a governing coalition. Campaigning begins at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)  (The Associated Press)

Spain's political parties are launching a two-week campaign leading up to a June 26 election aimed at breaking six months of political paralysis after a December vote shattered the nation's two traditional two-party system and politicians failed to create a governing coalition.

Campaigning begins at midnight with rallies led by acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the conservative Popular Party, Pedro Sanchez of the Socialists, Pablo Iglesias of the far-left Podemos party and Albert Rivera of the business-friendly Ciudadanos party.

Polls suggest the Popular Party will win the most votes as it did on Dec. 20 but again fall far short of the parliamentary majority it held from 2011-2015.

The surveys have indicated the Socialists and Podemos will vie for 2nd place and Ciudadanos will come in fourth.