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Mmusi Maimane has been assured that he has the support of the DA leadership following a bruising poll in which the official opposition party is expected to have decreased support. The DA, with 85% of the national voting districts counted, seems set to lose support from the 22.3% it won in the 2014 elections nationally, after it bled votes to, most prominently, the Freedom Front-Plus (FF+). The party has seemingly lost support in its stronghold, the Western Cape, falling from the 59.4% of the vote in the province in 2014 to just more than 55%, with 98.3% of the voting district counted.

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