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Austria: exit polls suggest the far-right FPO has doubled its vote in a regional election

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By Euronews  with ORF, AFP
Austria: exit polls suggest the far-right FPO has doubled its vote in a regional election

<p>Exit polls suggest the far-right <span class="caps">FPO</span> have doubled their vote in regional elections in Upper Austria.</p> <p>Preliminary results indicate the party got more than 31 percent support, compared to 15 in 2009.</p> <p>For <strong>party leader Hans-Christian Strache</strong>, the result has come as a surprise: “This result has surpassed our most optimistic expectations. It shows overwhelming confidence and overwhelming encouragement.”</p> <p>It is not enough to put the <span class="caps">FPO</span> in the lead, however.</p> <p>The conservative Christian Democrats are in front on 35.5 percent – still a drop of more than 11 points.</p> <p>Analysts think fears over the migrant crisis have shaped voting patterns in the state, the fourth biggest in Austria.</p> <p>Austria has become a main transit country for refugees and migrants heading from the Balkans to northern Europe.</p> <p>Vienna expects 80,000 asylum applications this year, proportionally high compared to other EU member states.</p>