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Austrian president secures re-election with clear win, avoiding runoff

Alexander Van der Bellen, Austria’s President (pictured), won a second six year term with a clear majority vote. This election avoided a runoff. These projections were made using almost all votes cast, with the exception of postal ballots.

The former leader of Greens has achieved wide popularity through his calm projections in times of national crises like the collapse of government 2019 or Sebastian Kurz’s resignation (a year ago) due to allegations of corruption, which Kurz denies.


Van der Bellen was defeated in the election by Van der Bellen’s far-right Freedom Party, (FPO), which won a narrower race than any FPO opponent. Grandees was the only party that supported Van der Bellen’s victory.

The Austrian president is primarily a ceremonial post, but he also has wide powers that allow him the ability to manage periods of transition and turbulence. The president is also the commander-in chief of the army. He has the power to sack the whole government and the chancellor.

A majority is simple to say, but an absolute majority, which means more votes than any other candidate, should be taken seriously. Van der Bellen stated that, although it wasn’t certain it would happen, it did. It is a great feeling,” Van der Bellen shared his thoughts with ORF, the national broadcaster. Van der Bellen was faced with six male opponents in an all-male matchup.

Van der Bellen was at 56.1% with a margin error 1.1 percentage points. 95% of votes were counted at polling stations. Van der Bellen was 17.9% behind Walter Rosenkranz (FPO).

“Alexander Van der Bellen was able to ensure that he would be elected the next president in the first round. Rosenkranz said that he congratulated him on this feat to ORF.


Sunday’s vote count will not include postal ballots. Projections of the final result for all votes are available, even postal ballots. These projections have proven to be reliable in the past.

ARGE Wahlen created a separate projection to be used by the news agency APA. It produced almost identical results to SORA’s. Based on 88% votes cast at polling stations, Van der Bellen was 56% and Rosenkranz 17.6%.

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