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ÖVP comes out on top in Euro polls

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ÖVP comes out on top in Euro polls
Successful candidate Othmar Karas, ÖVP. Photo: APA
18:49 CEST+02:00
The Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) has emerged the clear winner among Austrian parties in the European Parliament elections for 2014.

According to projections, the People's Party will retain its leadership position within the European Parliament on behalf of Austria, despite strong gains from the Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Greens (Grünen.) The Socialist Party (SPÖ) remains in second place, with 23.8 percent of the vote, behind the ÖVP's 27.3 percent.

The FPÖ made gains of 6.8 percent, and the Greens achieved a 5.2 percent increase. The relative newcomers the NEOS enter parliament for the first time, with their 7.9 percent earning them a seat.

ÖVP candidate Othmar Karas retains his leadership position, despite inroads into his support. The clear losers were the Europe Different (Europa Anders), REKOS, and the BZÖ (Alliance for the Future of Austria.)

On Sunday afternoon voter turnout was down to 24.3 percent, compared with 26.8 percent in 2009. 

Final results, including postal votes, are expected on Monday evening. 

Based on projections from DODS People, the following shows Austria's representation based on projections from oe24 exit polls.  The Freedom Party are part of NI (Non-attached.)

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