The stunning exit poll results have left Twitter in disarray, with people who were expecting the Tories and Labour to be neck-and-neck in this election, left reeling by the numbers.
If the exit poll proves accurate, the polls that had the Tories and Labour at a dead heat for weeks were all wrong.
Twitter reacted with disbelief.
When that exit poll sinks in (22.15pm) pic.twitter.com/cFVEPtV4Il— Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani) May 7, 2015
— Cathy Newman (@cathynewman) May 7, 2015
WOW, Exit poll from ITV Tories 316, Labour 239, Lib Dem 10, Ukip 2, Green 2 http://t.co/ko0nFZL9Bh— Isabel Hardman (@IsabelHardman) May 7, 2015
Wow! That exit poll can't be right can it? I was looking forward to reporting on the negotiation mess! #ge2015— Mark Leftly (@MLeftly) May 7, 2015
TV broadcasters responsible for that (unbelievable) exit poll have just ensured we all keep watching their electoral coverage until 4am.— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) May 7, 2015
Our house. Right now. pic.twitter.com/M9r7nhrMid— Tim Cheetham (@CllrTim) May 7, 2015
It also caused a lot of anti-Conservative tweeters to react with revulsion.
The thought of Tory govt for the next 5 yrs, unleashing more horror upon the poor & vulnerable, is genuinely making me wanna vom. #GE2015— Zarah (@zaradicalised) May 7, 2015
Exit poll - hope it's bollocks #GE2015— Coastguardchris (@ChrisFarrell6) May 7, 2015
"The people have spoken, the bastards."May 7, 2015
In the analogue world, the parties forecast to do badly are questioning the exit poll.
A source from Labour, which would win just 239 seats according to the poll, said: "We are sceptical... It looks wrong to us."
Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, told the BBC the poll "looked wrong".
Ex Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown told BBC presenter Andrew Neil: "If this exit poll is right, Andrew, I will publicly eat my hat on your programme."
He insisted he had often seen "very inaccurate exit polls" during his career.
"You expect me to speculate on what I regard to be a certain error, I'm not going to do it," he said.
Questioned about whether the Lib Dems would form another coalition with the Tories, he said: "I am clear that the Liberal Democrats have an appetite for doing what they've done before, which is putting national interests first."
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who is forecast to be about to see her party take all but one of Scotland's seats, tweeted: "I'd treat the exit poll with HUGE caution. I'm hoping for a good night but I think 58 seats is unlikely!"
Michael Gove immediately moved to claim victory, should the exit poll prove correct.
"If the exit poll is right, it means the Conservatives have clearly won this election and Labour have clearly lost it," he told the BBC.
GENERAL ELECTION 2015