Hungary's Viktor Orban, a hard-liner on immigration in Europe, pledged to "fight" for his country after casting his vote on Sunday in an election that was expected to give him a third straight term in office.
Eve-of-vote polls suggest that Mr Orban is on track to win a third consecutive four-year term in office following a bitter campaign in which he demonised Middle Eastern migrants as "Muslim invaders".
Following an acrimonious campaign in which the rightwing nationalist prime minister projected himself as a savior of Hungary's Christian culture against Muslim migration into Europe, all opinion polls had put his Fidesz party well ahead.
The right-wing opposition party JOBBIK is second with 20% of the vote so far.
Critics say Orban has put Hungary on an increasingly authoritarian path and his stance on immigration has fueled xenophobia.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's governing PiS party, sees an Orban as an ally in his own run-ins with Brussels and gave Orban his endorsement on Friday.
The National Electoral Commission of Hungary announced a record turnout at the parliamentary elections.
"Opposition politicians are right to be the glad about high turnout, but it does not mean that anything has been decided".
"Only a dramatic outcome of the election would force a significant shift in the direction of policymaking", Barclays said in a note.
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"As long as the opposition is in a fragmented state. this migrant/refugee campaign is sufficient to keep (Orban's) voting base united, to keep it mobilized", said Balazs Bocskei, political analyst at the Idea Institute, a Budapest think-tank.
"We love our country and we are fighting for our country", Orban said.
Gabor Vona of the nationalist Jobbik party urged his supporters not to become complacent.
But he's unlikely to repeat the landslide wins of the past two elections as a resurgent - if still divided - opposition has sought to capitalize on widespread claims of cronyism and intimidation.
Orban, that voted with his wife at a Budapest faculty in their home, informed a crowd of colleagues that he will "honor the decision" of the Hungarian voters.
"Safety is first", said Julia Scharle, 27, holding her child outside the polling station where Orban cast his vote.
In all, 199 seats in parliament are up for grabs.
"Unfortunately, for those on the right who are disappointed with Orban, there is no democratic conservative alternative like Germany's CDU or a French Macron-type party", said Paul Lendvai, a journalist and author of "Orban: Hungary's Strongman".
Since 400,000 people passed through Hungary in 2015 on their way to Western Europe, Orban has made migration the near-exclusive focus of his government.