Polls close in just under one hour (10:00 pm Israel time), which means we'll soon find out who Israel's next prime minister will be. All indications are that Netanyahu will win with a resounding victory and strengthen his coalition in Congress.
But, the real story of this election will be the fate of Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, whose party is projected to finish in third place in the election. Bennett voted this morning at Raanana's Music and Arts Center. He told supporters, "when I see everyone - secular, religious, Arabs, Druze - joining Habayit Hayehudi, I know that this is the beginning of something new for the nation of Israel." His wife Gilat said, "I hope that Israel will give Naftali the chance to do something good here."
Another subplot will be the fate of Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who voted this morning and told supporters, "anyone who understands that Netanyahu's policies must change, should give me the power to change the path and take the reins. All the spins and tricks are over and there will be dramatic decisions." She said she's hoping to "have enough power to allow me to make a real change."
But for the woman who was once the leader of the opposition movement, Livni faces the possibility of losing nearly all her influence in Israeli politics, if the polls leading up to the election are accurate.
Stay tuned for more updates.