With absentee ballots still to be counted, the race for Austria's presidency is too close to call. Independent candidate Alexander van der Bellen is running neck and neck with the right-wing Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer.
Austria's right-wing populists look to have come in third place in the election, possibly gaining 51 seats. The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) maintains close ties to Russia, which has helped institutionalize the party.
Austria's Freedom Party, FPÖ, has a good chance of being part of the country's next government — not for the first time. Unlike the German AfD, Austria's far-right party has long since cast aside its pariah status.
Norbert Hofer may have lost the presidential election to Alexander van der Bellen, but his Freedom Party has its sights set firmly on the chancellorship.
Exit polls in the Austrian presidential election show former Green Party leader Alexander Van der Bellen has won with 53.3 percent of the vote. Right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer has acknowledged defeat.
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