Austria’s Projected National Election Results

Despite the ÖVP being the big winner, this year’s election has some surprises in store

Austrians cast their votes in National elections on Sunday, and the first results are in:

Reaching a projected 31,4%, the conservative ÖVP with 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz at their head, are the indisputable winners. The left-centrist SPÖ and the far-right FPÖ are currently neck-to-neck for second place, with the FPÖ currently at 27,4%, putting them ahead of the SPÖ with 26,7%.

The NEOS and the Liste Pilz are both expected to reach the minimum 4% needed to sit in parliament, while the Green Party’s future is uncertain after nabbing a measly 3.8%. With 750,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted, results may change by as much as 2.2%.  Final, certified election results are expected on Thursday.

Voter turnout reached nearly 80%, making it 5% higher than the last election in 2013. As no party reached a 50% majority, the winning ÖVP will be asked to form a coalition government and enter in negotiations with the other parties. As 92 mandates are necessary for a majority, any variation involving two of the top 3 finishers (The ÖVP, FPÖ and SPÖ) is possible. It typically takes about 2 months to create a new administration.

 

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Corinna Berger
is an Austrian-American born in Tyrol, currently living in Vienna. After dabbling in Austrian Law she is currently studying Journalism and Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences FH WKW.

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