Austrian presidential election, 1998

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The Austrian presidential election of 1998 was won by the incumbent president Thomas Klestil, who sought re-election as an independent candidate. The Austrian People's Party, who had originally put him up in 1992, reluctantly supported him again, while the Austrian Social Democratic Party and the Austrian Freedom Party did not propose any competing candidates. Klestils competitors were Heide Schmidt, leader of the Liberal Forum, Gertraud Knoll, the former Lutheran superintendent of Burgenland (supported by the Greens), socialite Richard Lugner and Karl Walter Nowak.

Election results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 19 April 1998 Austrian presidential election results
Candidates and affiliated parties Votes %
Thomas Klestil Independent 2,644,034 63.42%
Gertraud Knoll Independent 566,551 13.59%
Heide Schmidt Liberal Forum 464,625 11.14%
Richard Lugner The Independents 413,066 9.91%
Karl Nowak Independent 81,043 1.94%
Total 4,169,319 100%
Spoilt and null votes 181,953 4.82%
Votes cast / turnout 4,351,272 74.40%
Electorate 5,848,584
† member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria
Source: Austrian ministry of Interior

Results by State[edit]

State Thomas Klestil Gertraud Knoll Heide Schmidt Richard Lugner Karl Nowak Electorate Votes Valid votes Invalid votes
Burgenland 114,377 31,499 12,127 12,285 1,950 214,827 181,099 172,238 8,861
Lower Austria 591,163 110,350 84,058 87,964 15,869 1,136,258 929,330 889,404 39,926
Wien 347,453 98,427 121,502 94,759 11,600 1,116,014 699,299 673,741 25,558
Kärnten 194,802 38,639 24,314 28,493 4,153 425,185 305,195 290,401 14,794
Steiermark 425,966 70,763 54,456 54,454 12,524 915,471 640,995 618,163 22,832
Upper Austria 461,139 107,460 65,867 55,146 14,444 989,228 733,913 704,056 29,857
Salzburg 164,498 34,743 27,219 13,829 4,930 355,521 255,476 245,219 10,257
Tirol 217,490 41,178 40,328 45,079 8,508 467,615 369,823 352,583 17,240
Vorarlberg 110,023 26,908 28,613 19,401 6,740 228,465 203,790 191,685 12,105
Source: European Election Database