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Presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, left, a former leading member of the Greens Party, and Van der Bellen's wife Doris Schmidauer arrive in the Hofburg in Austria's capital Vienna Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, after the first official results from the Austrian presidential election showed left-leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen with what appears to be an unbeatable lead over right-winger Norbert Hofer. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

In Austria, a far-right populist candidate for president conceded


Austria's election doesn't often have a major impact on the world.

However this year's race drew attention, as the far-right populist Norbert Hofer was expected to show how well other European nations' liberal candidates would fare against populism typified by the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump in the U.S.

In this instance, Norbert Hofer conceded to the liberal Green party's Alexander Van der Bellen (pictured above).  Hofer's campaign focused heavily on anti-immigration sentiments.

Hofer posted his concession on Facebook on Sunday.

You can win simply by saying anti-Muslim things.
Ilona Kamberi, Austrian agriculture ministry

While the votes are technically still being counted, Van der Bellen is projected to take 53.6 percent of the vote. But some are still skeptical that the sentiment Hofer espouses is not going away. 

Many liberal critics saw this as a good sign.

Others thought the whole thing was overblown.

Others feared disaster.

And some found the whole thing rather ironic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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