BELFAST, Northern Ireland, May 5 (UPI) -- As Ulster goes to the polls, forecasts suggest the moderate nationalist and unionist parties may be wiped out by their more extreme counterparts.
Bookmakers predict the Ulster Unionist Party and Social Democratic and Labor Party will be reduced to just one Westminster seat apiece, the Belfast Telegraph reported. The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein -- which represent the two extremes of the political spectrum in Northern Ireland -- are expected to win 10 and six seats, respectively.
Both UUP Leader David Trimble and SDLP Leader Mark Durkan are forecast to lose to opponents in their own constituencies.
Durkan's seat of Foyle, previously an SDLP stronghold and the former constituency of John Hume -- who as SDLP leader won the Nobel Peace Prize with David Trimble for his work on the Good Friday Agreement -- is expected to be the closest contest across Ulster's 18 constituencies.
He is predicted to lose to Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin while Trimble is expected to lose his Upper Bann seat to Democratic Unionist Party rival David Simpson.
If the bookmakers are right Ulster's political landscape will be significantly altered, pointing to a radicalization of public sentiment.