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Austrians roundly reject far right in presidential election

Austrian voters roundly rejected a candidate vying to become the first freely elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War Two, halting at least temporarily the wave of populism sweeping Western democracies. 

Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom Party lost the May election by less than a percentage point. The runoff vote was a litmus test, since it was a re-run of a vote held in May, before Britain voted to leave the European Union and Americans elected Donald Trump as president. 

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