This is how the share of the vote looked for the four main candidates:
Mike Thornton, Lib Dem 32.1%
Diane James, UKIP - 27.8%
Maria Hutchings, Cons - 25.4%
John O'Farrell, Labour - 9.5%
Other - 4.9%
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has hailed his party's success in the Eastleigh by-election.
Voters go to the polls today in the closely-contested Eastleigh by-election that is poised to heap pressure on the coalition Government.