Polls Open in Denmark, Center-Right Braces for Defeat

World | September 15, 2011, Thursday // 11:22|  views

A voter casts his ballots during parliamentary elections at a polling station, in Fredericia, west of Copenhagen, Denmark, 15 September 2011. EPA/BGNES

As Denmark's voters head to the parliamentary election polls on Thursday, the country's ruling centre-right coalition looks girded for possible defeat.

The center-left, or "Red bloc", of Helle Thorning-Schmidt is set for a win against the "Blue bloc" of incumbent prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, opinion polls say.

If the Social Democrats take power, Helle Thorning-Schmidt would likely become Denmark's first female prime minister.

"Denmark needs change, Denmark needs to move on and Denmark needs my leadership," Thorning-Schmidt has declared.

A Gallup poll published Wednesday suggests the incumbent Prime Minister's bloc cutting the opposition's lead to 2.3 percentage points, with 48.7 per cent support for Mr Rasmussen's Blue bloc to 51. per cent for the Reds.

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