Only when we see the results will we know if that is the case. The reality is, if the religious shia parties win a majority or even a plurality, we will be facing the creation of an Islamic state.
Is this what we invaded Iraq to create?
It may be close
Iraq's southern provinces -- the battleground between Islamist and secular Shi'ites -- produced a mixed picture.
The UIA, made up of the three Islamist Shi'ite parties, appeared to have retained a clear majority in its traditional strongholds.
In the holy city of Najaf, about 90 percent had voted for the Shi'ite Islamists and in the city of Hilla, 70 percent of those polled also said they had chosen the UIA.
But the Shi'ite bloc looked to command only about half the vote in Basra, Iraq's second largest city, in the south.
Since the Kurds will align with any party, as long as they are left alone, it could be the same Pro-Iranian, Shia religious party with the Kurds leading the new Iraq.