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ROME – Italians were voting for governorships in several regions and posts in dozens of municipalities in what is being seen as a partial test of Premier Matteo Renzi's grip on his oft-squabbling Democratic Party.
Six regions were voting on Sunday. In Sicily, voters could cast ballots on both Sunday and Monday.
Balloting in Liguria, traditionally a stronghold of the left, could indicate how deep runs the resentment of Renzi's leadership, seen as heavy-handed by some prominent Democrats. Among the several governorship candidates are two from the left: one from his party and another who could attract disgruntled Democrats.
In the northern Veneto region, the anti-immigrant Northern League is hoping for gains as Italy struggles to shelter tens of thousands of migrants arriving by sea on smugglers' boats.