Austria Presidential Election: Early Polls Show Victory For Green Candidate
Freedom Party of Austria candidate Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat in his bid to become the next president of Austria after early exit polls showed his opponent held a significant lead.
1730 CET — Van der Bellen opens up lead in polling as Hofer concedes
The latest polling from Austria’s state ORF broadcaster shows former Green Party leader Alex Van der Bellen with a seven per cent lead. Bowing out before the first official results, Freedom Party challenger took to social media to tell his supporters:
“Thank you. You have supported me so magnificently and I am infinitely sad that it did not work out. I would have liked to take care of our Austria.
“Alexander Van der Bellen congratulated me… and asked all Austrians to keep together and work together. We are all Austrians, no matter who we choose in elections.
“Long live our home, Austria”.
The Associated Press and Austria’s best read newspaper Kronen Zeitung have both called the election for Green Van der Bellen.