Rutte and Wilders, right, went head-to-head in a debate Monday evening, clashing mainly over how to stem immigration.
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The Dutch will vote Wednesday in an election that was seen as a test of anti-immigrant sentiment even before a rift with Turkey at the weekend put immigration and nationalism at the top of the political agenda.The more immediate question in the Netherlands is whether the Turkey row will favor Wilders or premier Mark Rutte, whose Cabinet banned Turkish ministers from holding a rally in the Netherlands.A snap poll Monday evening showed a boost of three seats for Rutte's VVD and two for Wilders' PVV in the 150-seat Parliament at the expense of smaller parties to the left, pollster Maurice de Hond said.The latest Reuters poll puts Rutte's conservative VVD Party top at 16.2 percent, ahead of Wilders' PVV on 13.4 percent.Earlier, Rutte called on voters to reject Wilders. With just 4 percentage points separating the top four parties, any of them could win, and then would have to persuade at least three other parties to form a coalition.
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