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European Parliament election 2004

At the European Parliament election of 13 June 2004, Hans Kronberger stood as the FPÖ’s lead candidate. The Freedom Party achieved 6.31 per cent of the vote (-17.09 percentage points) and obtained only one seat (-4).

There were modest increases for the ÖVP, SPÖ and Greens, while at its first attempt, the Martin list of Hans-Peter Martin won two seats and was able to enter the European Parliament.

Brief description of the election campaign

The FPÖ nominated Hans Kronberger as its lead candidate for the European Parliament election of 2004, but at a time when the FPÖ was internally divided following the events of Knittelfeld, that move was highly controversial. Third on the party’s electoral list was Andreas Mölzer, who conducted a preferential vote campaign with the support of the FPÖ’s national-liberal wing. That campaign succeeded in attracting 22,000 preferential votes and the FPÖ’s one remaining seat thus went to Andreas Mölzer. Kronberger’s appeal to the Federal Constitutional Court was unsuccessful.

Parties

Votes

Vote share 2004

±

Seats 2004

±

SPÖ

833,517

33.3%

+1.62%

7

±0

ÖVP

817,716

32.7%

+2.03%

6

-1

MARTIN

349,696

13.9%

+13.98%

2

+2

GRÜNE

322,429

12.8%

+3.60%

2

±0

FPÖ

157,722

6.3%

-17.09%

1

-4

LINKE

19,530

0.7%

+0.05%

0

±0

Election result and impact

The FPÖ was able to win only one seat, which was taken up by Andreas Mölzer

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