Austria's presidential election was too close to call on Sunday, meaning postal ballots were set to determine whether a Eurosceptic anti-immigration candidate would become the European Union's first far-right head of state, NBC News reported.
The direct votes gave right-winger Norbert Hofer 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent for Alexander Van der Bellen, a Greens politician running as an independent. But final projections that included still-to-be-counted absentee ballots showed a statistical dead heat of 50 percent each.
A victory for Hofer would be a landmark triumph for resurgent populist parties across Europe that have capitalized on Europe's migration crisis and widespread dissatisfaction with traditional parties of power.
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It would be all the more remarkable for being in a prosperous country with low unemployment, where two centrist parties have dominated since it emerged shattered from World War II after its annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938.