Right-wing candidate defeated in Austrian presidential election

Right-wing candidate defeated in Austrian presidential election

Left-leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen appears to have an unbeatable lead over right-winger Norbert Hofer in the Austrian presidential election.

The first official results, released shortly after the polls closed on Sunday, show Mr Van der Bellen with 53.5% of the vote while Mr Hofer has 46.4%.

While votes continue to be counted, officials say they will not change the outcome but the percentages may still vary.

The margin is a surprise as polls ahead of Sunday's vote had shown the two candidates neck-and-neck.

The election is a court-ordered rerun of a May vote that Mr Van der Bellen won by less than one percentage point.

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