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In Historic Result, 31-Year-Old Wins Austrian Elections, Worst Result For Establishment ...

•, by Tyler Durden

In another stunning defeat for Europe's establishment, as previewed earlier this morning Austria's 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz is assured victory in the Austrian National Council elections, becoming Chancellor with his center-right People's Party set to take roughly 30.2% of the vote - the best result in almost two decades - according  to exit polls by Austrian broadcaster ORF, while just as shocking is that the anti-immigrant, nationalist Freedom Party appears set to top the Social Democrats in 2nd place with 26.8% of the vote: the two parties are expected to form a coalition government. If confirmed out by final results, that would be its strongest performance for the Freedom Party since the 26.9% it won in 1999 when the party was led by the charismatic Jorg Haider. Meanwhile, Chancellor Christian Kern's Social Democrats are looking at another devastating - for Europe's establishment - loss, sliding to 3rd spot with just 26.3% of the vote. 

The full breakdown from the initial exit polls vs the last election results in 2013:

People's Party (Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz) 30.5% vs 24%

Freedom Party (Heinz-Christian Strache) 26.8% vs 20.5%

Social Democrats (Chancellor Christian Kern) 26.2% vs 26.8% in 2013

Neos (Matthias Strolz) 5.3% vs 5%

Greens (Ulrike Lunacek) 4.7% vs 12.4%

Liste Pilz (Peter Pilz) 4.3% (didn't run in 2013)

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