Spain’s ruling Socialists suffered heavy losses to opposition conservatives in the May 28 local election, with around 95% of the votes counted, showing their electoral vulnerability ahead of an end-of-year general election, Report informs referring to Reuters.

Only three of the 12 regions holding elections will retain Socialist dominance by very narrow margins, with the rest likely go to the conservative People’s Party, albeit with coalitions or informal support agreements with the far-right Vox party.

The gains for the People’s Party (PP) indicate the conservatives could unseat the current left-wing coalition led by the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) if they replicate the performance in national elections by December.

The numbers showed few clear majorities, except in the Madrid region where regional president Isabel Diaz Ayuso of the PP looked set to win re-election with an absolute majority.

The main setbacks for the Socialists came from losses in the Valencia, Aragon and Balearic Island regions, as well as in one of the most important Socialist fiefdoms, the southwestern Spanish region of Extremadura.