Norway's ruling Labor Party wins local elections

September 13, 2011 - 7:30 AM
Norway Election

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg puts his ballot in the ballot box at the Uranienborg school polling station in Oslo Sunday September 11, 2011 during the local elections. (AP Photo/Lise Aserud / Scanpix) NORWAY OUT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway's ruling Labor Party won its best local election in more than two decades and the anti-immigrant Progress Party plummeted in support two months after attacks by a right-wing fanatic killed 77 people.

Riding a wave of sympathy, Labor won 33.2 percent of the vote while the Conservatives jumped to second place with 27.7 percent, with 99 percent of the votes counted Tuesday in county and municipal elections. The Progress Party sunk to 11.8 percent from 18.5 percent in the 2007 election.

The Sunday-Monday election came seven weeks after an anti-Muslim extremist slaughtered 69 people at a Labor Party youth camp and set off a car bomb outside government offices killing another eight people. Anders Behring Breivik confessed to the July 22 killings but denies criminal responsibility, saying he's in a state of war against Norway's immigration policies, which he largely blames on the Labor Party.