Austrian Presidential Vote Gives Edge to Right-Wing Candidate

April 25, 2016 12:16 AM

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Austrian Presidential Vote Gives Edge to Right-Wing Candidate

BERLIN — A right-wing candidate emerged as the clear front-runner in the first round of the presidential election in Austria on Sunday, dealing a stinging blow to the country’s two mainstream parties, which failed to garner enough votes to make it into a runoff next month.

Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom Party emerged as the clear leader, taking 35 percent of the votes cast on Sunday, according to preliminary tallies. Although official results will not be announced until Monday, after absentee ballots are counted, Mr. Hofer, 45, seemed poised to face an ...

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