Saarland state election, 2009

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Saarland state election, 2009
Saarland
2004 ←
30 August 2009 → 2012

All 51 seats of the Landtag of Saarland
26 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Peter Mueller 08-2006.jpg Heikomaas.jpg Oskar Lafontaine, 2011-03-21.jpg
Leader Peter Müller Heiko Maas Oskar Lafontaine
Party CDU SPD Left
Last election 27 seats, 47.5% 18 seats, 30.8% 0 seats, 2.3%[1]
Seats before 27 18 1
Seats won 19 13 11
Seat change Decrease8 Decrease5 Increase10
Percentage 34.5% 24.5% 21.5%
Swing Decrease13.0% Decrease 6.3% Increase19.2%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Christoph Georg Hartmann.jpg Hubert claudia.jpg
Leader Christoph Hartmann Hubert Ulrich
Party FDP Green
Last election 3 seats, 5.2% 3 seats, 5.6%
Seats before 3 2
Seats won 5 3
Seat change Increase2 Increase1
Percentage 9.2% 5.9%
Swing Increase4.0% Increase0.3%

Minister-President before election

Peter Müller
CDU

Elected Minister-President

Peter Müller
CDU

State elections were held in Saarland on 30 August 2009, the same date as the Saxony and Thuringia state elections. The election decided control of the Landtag of Saarland (Saarland's parliament).

Results[edit]

Significant loses by the CDU Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and SPD were matched by a substantial rise in the Left vote and smaller rises for the Greens and Free Democratic Party (FDP). Neither the Black–Yellow (center-right) nor Red–Red (center-left/left) coalitions won enough seats for an absolute majority to elect a Minister-President and form a government. As a result, the Greens held the balance of power. In the end, the Greens chose to support a "Jamaica coalition" (named after the color combination of the Jamaican flag - black, yellow and green) of the CDU, FDP, and Greens, with Peter Müller (CDU) continuing as Minister-President.[2]


e • d  Summary of the 30 August 2009 election results for the Landtag of Saarland
Party Party list votes Vote % (change) Seats (change) Seat %
  Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 184,537 34.5% (-13.0) 19 (-8) 37.3%
  Social Democratic Party (SPD) 131,241 24.5% (-6.3) 13 (-5) 25.5%
  Die Linke (previously PDS) 113,660 21.5% (+19.2) 11 (+10) 21.6%
  Free Democratic Party (FDP) 49,069 9.2% (+4.0) 5 (+2) 9.7%
  Alliance '90/The Greens (Grüne) 31,516 5.9% (+0.3) 3 (+1) 5.9%
  National Democratic Party (NPD) 8,900 1.5% (-2.5) - -
  Family Party 10,710 2% (-1) - -
  All Others 5,965 1% - -
Totals 534,792 100.0% 51 100.0%

Prior election[edit]

Minister-President Peter Müller of the CDU won a second term in the previous election. He and his party won an absolute majority of 27 out of 51 seats.

Party Party List votes Vote percentage Total Seats Seat percentage
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 209,690 47.5% (+2.0) 27 (+1) 52.9%
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 136,224 30.8% (-13.6) 18 (-7) 35.3%
Alliance '90/The Greens (Grüne) 24,830 5.6% (+2.4) 3 (+3) 5.9%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 22,842 5.2% (+2.6) 3 (+3) 5.9%
National Democratic Party (NPD) 17,590 4.0% (+4.0) 0 (+0) 0.0%
Family Party 13,106 3.0% (+2.0) 0 (+0) 0.0%
Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) 10,240 2.3% (+1.5) 0 (+0) 0.0%
The Grays 6,285 1.4% (+1.4) 0 (+0) 0.0%
All Others 821 0.2% (-2.3) 0 (+0) 0.0%
Totals 441,628 100.0% 51 100.0%

Parties[edit]

The following parties are contesting the election:

Opinion polling[edit]

The following opinion polls have been conducted during the campaign:[3]

Pollster Date CDU SPD Green FDP The Left Family Other
Forschungs-gruppe Wahlen 21 Aug 2009 36 26 6 9 16 7
Infratest dimap 20 Aug 2009 38 26 6 9 15 3 3
Infratest dimap 22 April 2009 36 27 7 9 18 3
Emnid 16 April 2009 38 23 5 8 22 4
Infratest dimap 28 Oct 2008 38 25 5 6 23 3
Forsa 3 Sept 2008 37 23 5 7 24 4

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