Main article: 2011 presidential election
As the count quickly showed, Mr. Gallagher lost the lead he had built up in opinion polls prior to Monday night's Frontline debate. Regardless of this, he still performed very strongly, topping the poll in seven constituencies. He finished in a strong second place, with 28.5% of the national vote share.
Gallagher performed particularly well in his native constituency of Cavan-Monaghan, where he received 45.1% of the vote. His lowest showing was in Dublin South East where he received 13.5%. His strongest areas were the Ulster constituencies and several constituencies in the Midlands, as well as the two constituencies that make up West Cork. Outside of Dublin his only poor showing was in Michael D. Higgins' Galway West.