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Kurz favored to return as chancellor in Austria election

A person passes and election poster of the conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, with a portrait of former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, f...
In this Monday, May 20, 2019, file photo, designated leader of the right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, addresses the media during a press conference in Vi...
A person passes and election poster of the right-wing Freedom party, FPOE, for the upcoming Austrian national elections in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Se...

A person passes and election poster of the conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, with a portrait of former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, f...

In this Monday, May 20, 2019, file photo, designated leader of the right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, addresses the media during a press conference in Vi...

A person passes and election poster of the right-wing Freedom party, FPOE, for the upcoming Austrian national elections in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Se...

VIENNA (AP) — Austrians vote Sunday in an election meant to restore political normality after a scandal that brought down conservative ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's center-right coalition in May.

The 33-year-old Kurz is strongly favored to return to power.

The country of 8.8 million people in the heart of Europe has been run by a non-partisan interim administration under Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein, a former head of its top court, since the drama in spring that led to Kurz pulling the plug on his coalition with the far-right Freedom Party and then being ousted in a parliamentary confidence vote.

The election offers a test of the far-right party's recovery from the scandal that brought down its longtime leader.

Polls show a big lead for Kurz's center-right People's Party.