Kurz’s ÖVP party consolidates power according to Austrian exit polls

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz holds a speech during an OeVP election party during the European elections in Vienna, Austria, 26 May 2019.

Kurz’s ÖVP party consolidates power according to Austrian exit polls


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Austria: Exit polls at 18:00

According to exit polls, the Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) received 34.5% of the vote, followed by the social-democrat SPO party, the country’s main opposition party, with 23.5%.

Coming in third place was the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), with 17.5%, which was recently rocked by a scandal that involved its leader, Hans Christian Strache, who was caught on video negotiating with a Russian oligarch about media access in the country.

Finishing in fourth place was the Green party with 13.5%. The New Austria and Liberal Forum (NEOS), a centre-right party affiliated with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) received 8%. The Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) received 1%.

The results showed that Kurz’s centre-right party increased its lead by 7.5 percentage points and the Social-Democrats suffered a marginal loss of 0.6%. Compared to 2014, the results were for the scandal-tainted far-right saw the party lose 2.2% of their support, the Greens fall by 1%, and NEOS 0.1%, compared to the European elections results for 2014.

National parties Percentage (%)
ÖVP – Österreichische Volkspartei (EPP) 34.50%
SPÖ – Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreich (S&D) 23.50%
FPÖ – Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (ENF) 17.50%
GRÜNE – Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative (Greens/EFA) 13.50%
NEOS – NEOS – Das neue Österreich (ALDE) 8.00%
JETZT – JETZT – Liste Pilz 2.00%
Other parties – Other parties 1.00%

According to the European Parliament estimates, the EPP secures 7 seats, the S&D 5, the ENF 3, Greens/EFA 2, and ALDE & Renaissance each get 1 seat in the next parliament.

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