Sunday, December 4, 2016 12:04 PM EST
|In a vote closely watched across Europe, Austria’s voters appeared to have dealt a defeat on Sunday to a right-wing populist bidding to become the first far-right head of state elected in Europe since World War II.|
|Projections on ORF state television based on initial vote counts minutes after polls closed suggested that Alexander Van der Bellen, 72, a former economics professor and Green party leader, had a strong lead.|
|The projections showed Mr. Van der Bellen taking 53.6 percent of the vote, while his right-wing challenger, Norbert Hofer, had captured 46.4 percent.|
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Monday, December 5, 2016
NO Fascist President in Austria!
Austrians reject far-right candidate in presidential vote, stalling the advance of populist forces in Europe.