Italian regional elections, 2010

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Italian regional elections, 2010
2005 ←
March 29, 2010 → 2015
Presidents and regional assemblies of Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, Lazio, Campania, Apulia, Basilicata and Calabria

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Elected Presidents:

A large round of regional elections in Italy took place on 28–29 March in 13 regions out of 20, including nine of the ten largest ones: Lombardy, Campania, Veneto, Lazio, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Apulia, Tuscany and Calabria. The centre-right alliance composed of The People of Freedom and Lega Nord prevailed over the centre-left led by the Democratic Party by winning in Lombardy, Campania, Veneto, Lazio, Piedmont and Calabria.


The elections turned out to be a competition between two rival coalitions built around the two major parties: The People of Freedom (PdL) of Silvio Berlusconi and the Democratic Party (PD) led by Pier Luigi Bersani. The third largest party in Italy, Lega Nord (whose main regional sections, Liga Veneta, Lega Lombarda and Lega Piemont playing a large role in Veneto, Lombardy and Piedmont, respectively) supported joint candidates with the PdL in Northern and Central Italy, while the PD ran in coalition with Italy of Values in most regions. The Union of the Centre formed alliances either with the PdL and the PD, depending on the regions. Minor parties of the left and the right took part to the coalitions accordingly to their political position.

During the campaign, four regions seemed safe for the PdL and its allies (Lombardy, Veneto, Campania and Calabria), while the PD was sure to win in five regions (Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Marche, Umbria and Basilicata). Four regions (Piedmont, Lazio, Apulia and Liguria) were up for grabs. Berlusconi campaigned hard especially in Lazio, while the centre-left put all its bets on Piedmont.

The centre-right went to win the elections by gaining four more regions than in 2005: Campania, Lazio, Piedmont and Calabria. The centre-left, for its part, won seven regions out of 13, but those won by the centre-right were bigger. Roberto Cota, leader of Lega Nord Piemont, won narrowly in Piedmont in what was the closest battle, while Renata Polverini, despite some legal issues[example needed] that left the PdL without a list in the Province of Rome, won in Lazio. The centre-left was able to hold Liguria and Apulia, where the left-wing outgoing President Nichi Vendola was re-elected thanks to the presence of a third-party candidate who divided the centre-right vote.

Lega Nord played a major role in the North, where it was the second-largest party and the largest in Veneto. The party led by Umberto Bossi managed to have two of its leading members elected at the head of a region: Cota in Piedmont and Luca Zaia in Veneto, where he brought the party to an unprecedented 35.2% of the vote.

Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement, a protest party popular among disillusioned left-wingers, had a strong showing in Emilia-Romagna, where it drew many votes from the PD, and Piedmont, where it delivered the victory to Cota.

Outgoing Presidents[edit]

In the 2005 regional elections 12 regions out of 14 went to the centre-left. In Abruzzo there was an early election in 2008 after the abrupt resignation of Ottaviano Del Turco (PD), who was replaced by Giovanni Chiodi (PdL).

Region Incumbent Party 2005 election 2010 election
Piedmont Mercedes Bresso Democratic Party 50.9% – Enzo Ghigo (CdL) 47.1%[1] Seeking a 2nd consecutive term
Lombardy Roberto Formigoni The People of Freedom 53.9% – Riccardo Sarfatti (Ulivo) 43.2%[2] Seeking a 4th consecutive term
Veneto Giancarlo Galan The People of Freedom 50.6% – Massimo Carraro (Ulivo) 42.4%[3] Retiring after three consecutive terms
Liguria Claudio Burlando Democratic Party 52.6% – Sandro Biasotti (CdL) 46.6%[4] Seeking a 2nd consecutive term
Emilia-Romagna Vasco Errani Democratic Party 62.7% – Carlo Monaco (CdL) 35.2%[5] Seeking a 3rd full consecutive term
Tuscany Claudio Martini Democratic Party 57.4% – Alessandro Antichi (CdL) 32.8%[6] Retiring after two consecutive terms
Marche Gian Mario Spacca Democratic Party 57.8% – Francesco Massi (CdL) 38.5%[7] Seeking a 2nd consecutive term
Umbria Maria Rita Lorenzetti Democratic Party 63.0% – Pietro Laffranco (CdL) 33.7%[8] Seeking a 3rd consecutive term
Lazio Piero Marrazzo Democratic Party 50.7% – Francesco Storace (CdL) 47.4%[9] Resigned prior the end of the term
Campania Antonio Bassolino Democratic Party 61.6% – Italo Bocchino (CdL) 34.4%[10] Retiring after two consecutive terms
Apulia Nichi Vendola Left Ecology Freedom 49.8% – Raffaele Fitto (CdL) 49.2%[11] Seeking a 2nd consecutive term
Basilicata Vito De Filippo Democratic Party 67.0% – Cosimo Latronico (CdL) 28.8%[12] Seeking a 2nd consecutive term
Calabria Agazio Loiero Democratic Party 59.0% – Sergio Abramo (CdL) 39.7%[13] Seeking a 2nd consecutive term

Regional results[edit]

Summary of results[edit]

Region Centre-right Centre-left Others
Piedmont Roberto Cota (LNP) 47.3% Mercedes Bresso 46.9% Davide Bono (Five Star Movement) 4.1%
Renzo Rabellino (Lega Padana Piemont) 1.7%
Lombardy Roberto Formigoni 56.1% Filippo Penati 33.3% Savino Pezzotta (Union of the Centre) 4.7%
Vito Crimi (Five Star Movement) 3.0%
Vittorio Agnoletto (Communist Refoundation Party) 2.4%
Gian Mario Invernizzi (New Force) 0.6%
Veneto Luca Zaia (LVLN) 60.2% Giuseppe Bortolussi 29.1% Antonio De Poli (Union of the Centre) 6.4%
David Borrelli (Five Star Movement) 3.2%
Silvano Polo (Party of the Venetians) 0.5%
Paolo Caratossidis (New Force) 0.4%
Gianluca Panto (Venetian National Party) 0.4%
Liguria Sandro Biasotti 47.9% Claudio Burlando 52.1%
Emilia-Romagna Anna Maria Bernini 36.7% Vasco Errani 52.1% Giovanni Favia (Five Star Movement) 7.0%
Gian Luca Galletti (Union of the Centre) 4.2%
Tuscany Monica Faenzi 34.4% Enrico Rossi 59.7% Francesco Bosi (Union of the Centre) 4.8%
Alfonso De Virgiliis (Bonino-Pannella List) 0.8%
Ilario Palmisani (New Force) 0.6%
Marche Emilio Marinelli 39.7% Gian Mario Spacca 53.2% Massimo Rossi (Communist Refoundation Party) 7.1%
Umbria Fiammetta Modena 37.7% Catiuscia Marini 57.2% Paola Binetti (Union of the Centre) 5.1%
Lazio Renata Polverini 51.1% Emma Bonino (LBP) 48.3% Marzia Marzioli (Network of Citizens) 0.5%
Campania Stefano Caldoro 54.3% Vincenzo De Luca 43.0% Paolo Ferrero (Communist Refoundation Party) 1.4%
Roberto Fico (Five Star Movement) 1.3%
Apulia Rocco Palese 42.3% Nichi Vendola (SEL) 48.7% Adriana Poli Bortone (I SouthUnion of the Centre) 8.7%
Michele Rizzi (Communist Alternative Party) 0.4%
Basilicata Nicola Pagliuca 27.9% Vito De Filippo 60.8% Magdi Allam (I Love Italy) 8.7%
Marco Toscano (Movement against Indifference) 1.5%
Florenzo Doino (Workers' Communist Party) 1.1%
Calabria Giuseppe Scopelliti 57.8% Agazio Loiero 32.2% Pippo Callipo (Italy of Values) 10.0%

Sources: Ministry of the Interior – Historical Archive of Elections, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica

Winner and runner-up by region[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lega Nord Roberto Cota 1,043,318 47.3 +0.2
Democratic Party Mercedes Bresso 1,033,946 46.9 –4.0
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The People of Freedom Roberto Formigoni 2,704,057 56.1 +2.7
Democratic Party Filippo Penati 1,603,674 33.3 –10.3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lega Nord Luca Zaia 1,528,386 60.2 +9.7
Democratic Party Giuseppe Bortolussi 738,716 29.1 –13.3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Party Claudio Burlando 424,044 52.1 –0.5
The People of Freedom Sandro Biasotti 389,132 47.9 +1.3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Party Vasco Errani 1,197,789 52.1 –10.6
The People of Freedom Anna Maria Bernini 844,915 36.7 +1.5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Party Enrico Rossi 1,055,715 59.7 +2.3
The People of Freedom Monica Faenzi 608.680 34.4 +2.2
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Party Catiuscia Marini 257.408 57.2 –5.8
The People of Freedom Fiammetta Modena 169,568 37.7 +4.1
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Party Gian Mario Spacca 409,823 53.2 –4.5
The People of Freedom Erminnio Marinelli 306,076 39.7 +1.1
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The People of Freedom Renata Polverini 1,409,028 51.1 +3.7
Radical Party Emma Bonino 1,331,335 48.2 –2.5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The People of Freedom Stefano Caldoro 1,586,567 54.3 +19.9
Democratic Party Vincenzo De Luca 1,258,715 43.0 –18.6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Party Vito De Filippo 202,980 60.8 –6.2
The People of Freedom Nicola Pagliuca 93,204 27.9 –0.9
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Left Ecology Freedom Nichi Vendola 1,036,638 48.7 –1.1
The People of Freedom Rocco Palese 899,590 42.3 –6.9
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The People of Freedom Giuseppe Scopelliti 614,584 57.8 +8.1
Democratic Party Agazio Loiero 342,773 32.2 –26.8

Further reading[edit]

  • Baldi, Brunetta; Tronconi, Filippo (2011). Between the Center and the Periphery: The Regional Elections and the Path to Fiscal Federalism. Much Ado About Nothing?. Italian Politics 26 (Berghahn). pp. 122–140. 


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