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Young conservative Kurz on track to be Austrian leader -vote projections

VIENNA, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Young conservative star Sebastian Kurz is on track to become Austria's next leader, projections of Sunday's parliamentary election result showed, but his party is well short of a majority and could seek an alliance with the far right.

Kurz's People's Party (OVP) is in the lead on 30.2 percent, with its current coalition partner, the Social Democrats, on 26.3 percent, neck and neck with the the far-right Freedom Party on 26.8 percent, a projection by pollster SORA said shortly after polls closed, based on an early count of 42 percent of non-postal ballots.

The projection had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points. It will be refreshed and become more precise as more ballots are counted throughout the evening. Another projection by pollster ARGE Wahlen also showed the OVP in the lead. (Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Michael Shields)