It’s official. At 17:35 Norbert Hofer went on Facebook and congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen on his decisive victory.

 

“My dear friends!

Thank you all. You gave me so much support and I am unimaginably sad that it did not work out. I would have been glad to take care of our Austria.

I congratulate Alexander Van der Bellen on his success and ask all Austrians to stay and work together. We are all Austrians no matter who we chose at the polls.

Long live Austria.

Your,

Norbert Hofer”

According to estimates from 17:55 provided by SORA/ORF Van der Bellen won with 53,3% of the vote compared to Hofer’s 46,7%. 73,8% of eligible voters went to the polls.