Polls suggest that Rutte’s center-right VVD Party gained 31 out of 150 seats during Wednesday’s elections, which had a turnout of 81 percent, the highest in the last 30 years.
“I am so proud at what has happened and happy that we have been given the trust again” by voters, said Rutte’s campaign leader Tamara van Ark.
Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration and anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV), the Christian Democrats and the D66 Party, each won 19 seats.
Opinion polls had predicted that Wilders’ party would be leading the elections, but support for the PVV dropped over the past few days.
Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) casts his ballot for the Dutch general elections at a polling station in The Hague on March 15, 2017.
Wilders has pledged to take the Netherlands out of the EU, close all mosques, ban Muslim’s holy book, the Quran, and close borders to immigrants from Muslim countries.
“Thank you PVV Voters! We won seats,” Wilders said in a tweet posted after the exit polls were announced.
“The first victory is in! And Rutte has not seen the last of me yet,” he added.