Spain's Popular Party 'has won election': deputy PM

Popular Party supporters follow the results of Spain's general elections outside the party's headquarters in Madrid on December 20, 2015 (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso) (AFP)

Madrid (AFP) - Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party won Sunday's general election with 28.7 percent of the vote, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said.

"According to the information we have, with 90.39 percent of the ballots counted, the Popular Party won this general election," she said.

The Socialists came in second place with 22.19 percent support, she added, closely followed by the new left-wing Podemos party in third place.

An exit poll for public television TVE had earlier put Podemos in second place behind the Popular Party and ahead of the Socialists.