The party once led by Joerg Haider, a right-wing maverick killed in a car crash last October, is poised for victory in the state parliament elections in Carinthia in Austria, according to exit polls.
The BZO, or the Alliance for the Future of Austria is said to have garnered by far the most votes. The projected result defies the analysts and doom mongers who had predicted defeat for the BZO. They took 45.6 per cent of the vote. The Social Democrats, the SPO, pipped the OVP People’s Party to the post in Salzburg. Defeated Carinthian candidate Reinhart Tohr said the result showed Carinthia had voted in memory of Haider. The SPO suffered its biggest ever margin loss in the province. It came in second with 28 per cent of the vote, down nearly 10 per cent on the last provincial elections in 2004.