Austria's far-right neck-and-neck in 'election thriller'

Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer (R) joins supporters at an event during the election at the Prater Alm Bar, in Vienna, Austria, on May 22, 2016Austria and the European Union were on tenterhooks Monday as they waited to see whether Norbert Hofer had won an election runoff to become the bloc’s first president from the anti-immigrant far-right. Projected results late on Sunday put both Hofer, presented as the friendly and moderate face of the populist Freedom Party (FPOe), and Alexander van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, neck-and-neck on 50 percent. The final result will hinge on the large number of postal votes — almost 900,000, a record 14 percent of Austria’s 6.4 million eligible voters — which will be added to the totals on Monday.

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