The New York Times and Foreign Policy are reporting that exit polls indicate a surprise surge in support for Conservative prime minister David Cameron, a.k.a. "Captain Austerity."
CBC News reports that Cameron might come close to a majority. His coalition partner, the Clegg Liberal Democrats seem headed for a wipeout. Labour is doing worse than expected.
The other big winner appears to be the Scottish National Party led by Nicola Sturgeon.
The exit poll projected that the Conservatives would get 316 seats — up from 302 and far more than had been predicted — and Labour 239 — down from 256. The Liberal Democrats would shrink from 56 seats to 10, and the Scottish National Party would grow from six to 58.