U.K. Independence Party poised to win first parliamentary seat in Britain

By Griff Witte, October 8, 2014

CLACTON-ON-SEA, ENGLAND — The 70-mile stretch of sea that separates this faded Victorian resort town from mainland Europe has long served as a bridge linking the British islands to the continent.

But on Thursday, voters here are expected to turn out en masse to back a party that wants to turn the bridge into a moat.

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