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Postal votes to decide Austrian presidency, with far right in lead

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 00:44

The two candidates for Austria's presidential race are locked in a statistical dead heat and must wait for postal ballots to be counted before a winner is determined. Nathan Frandino reports.

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It's now a waiting game for both the media and the presidential candidates in Austria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, NORBERT HOFER, SAYING: "We have to wait until tomorrow, of course." Right-wing Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer leads with 51.9 percent of the vote, according to the provisional results. His opponent, the independent Alexander van der Bellen, has 48.1 percent, making the election too close to call just yet. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ALEXANDER VAN DER BELLEN, SAYING: "Well, let's see what they say." The two candidates now must wait for postal ballots to be counted... which is not due to finish until Monday evening. If Hofer wins, he would become the European Union's first far-right head of state.

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Postal votes to decide Austrian presidency, with far right in lead

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 00:44