Brexit: Sunderland vote Leave with significant margin of victory
Published 24/06/2016 | 00:28
Sunderland have voted Leave.
This was predicted by pollsters - but the margin was significantly higher than expected.
Some 51,931 people opted to vote Remain while 82,394 voted Leave.
The turnout was 64.8pc.
The Margin of victory was 30,464.
According to official results, 61.3 percent of voters in Sunderland backed leaving the bloc, above the 56.5 percent predicted by J.P. Morgan in analysis published before the vote.
Sunderland, one of the first few results to declare, has a large number of older, lower income voters who polls show are more likely to back so-called "Brexit". If Leave had not been strongly ahead here, it could have indicated they would struggle to break through in areas less favourable to Brexit.
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