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Austrian federal election, 2007 (Cinco De Mayo)

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The Austrian federal election of 2007 was held on October 6, 2007 to elect the Parliament of Austria. The governing VA cruised to a landslide reelection, earning a lower percentage than their prior triumph in 2003 but adding six seats to increase their majority to 144, the largest seat total held by a single party since the SPÖ in the wake of the 1947 election (the VA had won 137 seats in 2003 - they lost two by-elections in 2005 and then won three in 2006 and early 2007 to go into the election at 138 seats).

The SPÖ gained eleven seats, helping increase their party standings in the wake of their triumphant 2006 provincial elections, but far short of the thirty-seat gain many were expecting for the opposition. For the third consecutive election, seat gains by the other parties came at the expense of the NVP, which once again failed to earn more than 20% of the vote and lost 17 seats to go under 20 seats in Parliament for the first time since 1994. The election was viewed as a successful endorsement of the Schwarzenegger government, who became the first center-right Chancellor to earn more seats in his second election than in his first.


Party Name Party Acronym Leader Percentage Seats Before Seats After Swing
People's Alliance VA Arnold Schwarzenegger 43.6 138 144 +6
Social Democratic Party SPÖ Viktor Klima 34.3 80 91 +11
National People's Party NVP Hubert Gorbach 16.9 36 19 -17
Green Party GP Layla Piers 4.0 0 0 0
People's Solidarity VS 0.6 0 0 0
New Option 2000 NO-2000 0.3 0 0 0
Party of the Provinces PdP 0.3 0 0 0

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