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Right-wing candidate Hofer concedes Austria vote

8 months 1 week 5 days ago Sunday, December 04 2016 Dec 4, 2016 December 04, 2016 11:12 AM December 04, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

VIENNA - Austrian right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer has conceded to his left-leaning rival in the country's presidential election.

Hofer says in a Facebook post that he is "endlessly sad" about his loss, adding, "I would have been happy to take care of our Austria."

Hofer conceded as preliminary results showed Alexander Van der Bellen ahead with 53.3 percent of the vote compared to Hofer's 46.7 percent. Those figures may change, but election officials say the margin is big enough to guarantee Van der Bellen's victory.

Hofer congratulated his rival and urged Austrians to "stick together and to work together."

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