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AfD doubles result in Thuringia

The Left Party became the strongest force in the state election in Thuringia on Sunday. The party of Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow won 30,8 percent, according to a ZDF extrapolation (plus 2,6 percent).

Published: October 28, 2019, 7:52 am

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    Accordingly, the second strongest party is the AfD with 23,6 percent (plus 13 percent). The CDU dropped to 21,9 percent (-11.6 percent) of the votes. The SPD is currently single-digits with 8,2 percent (minus 4,2 percent).

    The Greens received 5,0 percent (minus 0,7 percent) in the state parliament while the Left Party is thus for the first time the strongest force in a state election.

    In the state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg too, Angela Merkel’s party lost most voters to the AfD, according to Infratest dimap poll.

    For the CDU and SPD the result is thus the worst in their history in Thuringia. The turnout increased significantly according to the first forecasts to more than 65 percent with 1,7 million Thuringians being called to vote.

    “We have more than 100 percent increase. This has never been in the history of Thuringia. I’m proud of that,” AfD state chief Björn Höcke said in response to the excellent election result. “The Ramelow government has been voted out. That’s good for Thuringia.”

    But Ramelow was pleased about increased turnout. “I am incredibly proud of the state of Thuringia. Voter turnout has not been that high for a long time. It is a great day for our Parliament. I’m happy for the parties,” Ramelow told ARD. It is now up to the “democratic parties” to enter into talks.

    Greens leader Robert Habeck said in an initial statement: “It is a totally dramatic situation.” All “democratic parties” should now talk to each other. The co-chairman Annalena Baerbock was disappointed with their result. She called Höcke a “fascist”.

    “We have significantly expanded our result. We will have more than twice as many votes as last time,” said FDP leader Christian Lindner. “We could succeed in entering a parliament in East Germany.”

    CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said that there will be no coalition between the CDU and the Left Party or the AfD, according to the dpa news agency.

    At the same time he emphasized that the CDU of Thuringia headed by Mike Mohring “is aware of its responsibility to serve this country”.

    Christian Lindner also excluded cooperation with the Left Party or AfD. “For the FDP cooperation with the Left and AfD is excluded, because both parties want to change the economic and social order in Germany,” Lindner told dpa.

    For women, the Left Party obtained 32 percent, clearly ahead of the CDU with 24 percent. The AfD is third with 17 percent. SPD Greens and FDP came between six to eight percent.

    For men, the Left Party and AfD are on par with 28 percent. The CDU comes to 20 percent, while the SPD, Greens and FDP are between five and seven percent.

    In contrast, the AfD won the under 30s. In this group of voters, they got 24 percent of the votes. The Left Party came in to 22 percent. The CDU is third with 13 percent. Among the voters between 30 and 60, the AfD is ranked number one. In the over 60s, however, the Left Party is ahead with 40 percent. The CDU polled 24 percent, and the AfD 16 percent.

    The police had to strengthen the protection for the AfD top candidate Björn Höcke , as there were threats against him.

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