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Austria on knife-edge as presidential race too close to call

Presidential candidates Alexander Van der Bellen (L) of Austrian Greens and Norbert Hofer of Austrian Freedom party attend a television discussion after the second round of the Austrian President elections on May 22, 2016A win would see Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) become the European Union’s first far-right head of state. On Sunday evening, the vote was evenly split between Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) and Green-backed economics professor Alexander van der Bellen, with both on 50.0 according to projections based on almost all the votes cast at polling stations Sunday. Close to 900,000 people — or a record 14 percent of Austria’s 6.4 million eligible voters — cast their ballot by mail this year.

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