Spain's centre-right People's Party was winning Sunday's parliamentary election with 39 percent of the vote, according to official results from 8 percent of polling stations.

The Socialists, in power for more than seven years, were lagging with 29 percent of the vote, the interior ministry reported on its official website.

Earlier, an exit poll by RTVE public broadcaster showed that the PP would win an absolute majority in the 350-seat lower house.

(Reporting By Fiona Ortiz)