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According to the results available so far, the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) was a clear winner at the October 15th snap general election with 31.4%, increasing its popularity rate by 7.4ppts compared to the last National Council elections in 2013. The far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) trailed behind with 27.4%, its highest rate ever suggesting a good chance of entering government for the first time in more than a decade. The centre-left Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) which was the largest party in the 2013 elections followed suit with 26.7%, the worst recorded result, purportedly hurt over the last few weeks by charges of dirty campaigning.