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Shane Coleman's Election 2020 battlegrounds: 12 key counts that could indicate the national picture

These 12 constituencies will give an early clue of what the national picture will be, writes Shane Coleman of 'Newstalk Breakfast'

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Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty. Photo: Frank McGrath

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty. Photo: Frank McGrath

John McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

John McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

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Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty. Photo: Frank McGrath

After 26 long days of canvassing, interminable leaders' debates and a scatter of opinion polls, it's all over bar the counting. Though there's a hell of a lot of counting to do across the 39 constituencies.

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In the vast majority of those constituencies, the final seat will still be in play well into today and beyond. The outcome of those contests will decide the make-up of the next government.