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Far-right defeat in Austria? December 4, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

After last time I’m not counting my chickens, but so far so good.

If confirmed, the margin of Van der Bellen’s forecast win over Hofer in Austria is a major surprise.

Polls in the run-up to the vote had the two candidates neck-and-neck, with several putting the far-right Freedom party’s Hofer ahead. But the first official results, released minutes ago, show the independent with 53.5% of the vote, with Hofer 46.4%.


1. Aonrud ⚘ - December 4, 2016

Looks like he’s lost it, which is good news. Still, 47% of Austrians are willing to vote for the far right…


CL - December 4, 2016

The Trump unreality show may be having a sobering effect in Europe.


2. GW - December 4, 2016

Very good news.

Van der Bellen (of true mixed European parentage – Dutch/Russian & Estonian) fought a year long campaign on a relentlessly pro-European, anti-nationalist and anti-racist basis. After the first count was declared invalid (Austria still has a functioning judiciary, unlike places where the fascist spectrum are in control – Hungary & Poland) he made a point of campaigning on the more conservative rural areas outside the cities and this is where he increased his lead, gaining a victory in at least 200 local communities.

The grinning face of right-wing populism let his guard down very occasionally during the election to expose the lumpen racism that drives him, and his people haven’t gone away – the next parliamentary elections in Austria in 2018 could be very worrying if the rise of the fascist spectrum isn’t halted in France and the Netherlands.

But a good day, none the less.

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3. GW - December 4, 2016

74% participation in the election with the postal votes still to be counted and included. I seem to remember that they favoured van der Bellen last time, but I may be wrong there.


4. GW - December 4, 2016

Details here at ORF if you want to drill down into very local levels in Austria.


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