Apulian regional election, 2005

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Apulian regional election, 2005
Apulia
2000 ←
April 3, 2005
→ 2010

All 70 seats to the Regional Council of Apulia
  Majority party Minority party
  Vendola, Nichi - Foto Giovanni Dall'Orto.-cropped.jpg Raffaele Fitto daticamera.jpg
Leader Nichi Vendola Raffaele Fitto
Party Communist Refoundation Party Forza Italia
Alliance The Union House of Freedoms
Last election 22 seats, 43,5% 38 seats, 54,0%
Seats won 42 28
Seat change +20 -10
Popular vote 1,165,536 1,151,405
Percentage 49,8% 49,2%
Swing +6,3% -5,8%

President of Apulia before election

Raffaele Fitto
House of Freedoms

President of Apulia

Nichi Vendola
The Olive Tree

The Apulian regional election of 2005 took place on 3–4 April 2005.

Nichi Vendola (Communist Refoundation Party) defeated incumbent Raffaele Fitto (Forza Italia).

The success of Vendola came somewhat unexpected. In a Southern Italian Region, expected to be morally conservative, Vendola, a communist and a homosexual, defeated Fitto, a Christian democrat. Vendola was the first candidate ever to be appointed by its coalition through a primary election instead of agreements between parties. A defeat of Vendola might have resulted in a cancellation of the primary election of The Union for choosing the candidate for Prime Minister in the 2006 general election.

Results[edit]

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
Nichi Vendola 1,165,536 49.84 42+1
Democrats of the Left 356,369 16.63 14
Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy 208,806 9.74 8
Communist Refoundation Party 109,146 5.09 4
Italian Democratic Socialists 86,096 4.01 3
Populars–UDEUR 70,293 3.28 3
The Apulian Spring 55,335 2.58 3
Party of Italian Communists 48,141 2.24 2
PSDI–Autonomist Socialists–MRE 47,511 2.22 2
Italy of Values 38,120 1.78 1
Federation of the Greens 33,309 1.55 1
United Christian Democrats 8,397 0.39 0
Pensioners' Party 3,959 0.18 0
Raffaele Fitto 1,151,405 49.24 28+1
Forza Italia 381,663 17.80 10
National Alliance 259,563 12.10 7
Apulia First of All 196,281 9.15 5
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 167,038 7.79 4
New PSIPRI 48,109 2.24 1
Social Idea Movement 10,099 0.47 0
Gianfelice Galassi 10,973 0.47
Social Alternative 9,368 0.44 0
Laura Scalabrini 10,477 0.45
Christian Democracy 6,791 0.32 0
Total 2,338,391 100.00 70

Sources: Ministry of the Interior