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Far-right sees heavy losses in Vienna elections
October 11, 2020
Social democrats won a comfortable first place in Vienna's municipal elections. The far-right party, led by disgraced far-right politician, Heinz-Christian Strache will not enter the city's parliament.
Vienna's far-right and anti-immigration parties sustained heavy losses in municipal elections on Sunday. The result comes as far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache was seeking to make a comeback with a new political party, following a high-profile corruption scandal.
His new Team HC Strache party was not expected to pass the 5% threshold needed toenter the city parliament.
The Austrian capital and one of the country's nine federal states and as such,residents voted for their city council and the mayors of the city's 23 districts.
Sunday's results were based on anexit poll by the SORA institute, with a margin of error of 2%. The margin of error was higher than in 2015 due to the high volume of mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. Final election results will be published on Monday.
Social democrats lead
The big winners of the night were the center left SPÖ, led by Mayor Michael Ludwig, who reached41.7% of the vote, improving their 2015 result by 2 points.
In second place came the conservative ÖVP, which doubled its share of the vote to18.7%. They were followed by the Green party with14.6% and the liberalNeos with 8.1%.