Swiss Council of States election, 2007

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Swiss Council of States election, 2007
Switzerland
2003 ←
21 October, 11 November, 18 November and 25 November 2007
→ 2011

All 46 seats to the Swiss Council of States
  First party Second party Third party
  Christophe Darbellay 2.jpg Fulvio Pelli (2007).jpg Hans-Jürg Fehr (2007).jpg
Leader Christophe Darbellay Fulvio Pelli Hans-Jürg Fehr
Party Christian Democrats Free Democrats Social Democrats
Last election 15 seats 14 seats 9 seats
Seats won 15 seats 12 seats 9 seats
Seat change ±0 –2 ±0

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Ueli Maurer (Nationalrat, 2007).jpg Ruth Genner.jpg Martin Bäumle (2007).jpg
Leader Ueli Maurer Ruth Genner Martin Bäumle
Party Swiss People's Greens Green Liberals
Last election 8 seats 0 seats N/A
Seats won 7 seats 2 seats 1 seat
Seat change –1 +2 +1

Elections were held to the Council of States of Switzerland in October and November 2007 as part of the 2007 federal election. All 46 members of the Council of States were elected from all cantons of Switzerland. The first round was held on 21 October. In eight cantons, not all seats were filled in the first round, and a second round was held on 11 November, 18 November, or 25 November.

The election was a breakthrough for the Green Party, which won its first two seats in the Council of States, and the Green Liberal Party (GLP), which won a seat only four months after it split from the Greens. These gains – the first time minor parties had won representation in the Council of States since 1995 – came at the expense of the Free Democratic Party, which lost two seats, and the Swiss People's Party, which lost its seat in its stronghold of Zurich to the GLP.

Election[edit]

The Council of States election was not finalized with the first run on 21 October; twelve seats remained to be distributed in second round elections on 11 November, 18 November or 25 November 2007.[1]

The second round saw a number of notable races, for instance the election for the second seat in Zürich, where SP candidate Chantal Galladé agreed to withdraw and support GLP candidate Verena Diener against SVP candidate Ueli Maurer, increasing the centre-left's changes in the second round.[2] In St. Gallen, where no one was elected in the first round, FDP candidate Erika Forster and CVP candidate Eugen David, both incumbents, started a common campaign for reelection against SVP candidate Toni Brunner.[3] Four candidates contested the election for the two seats in Tessin -- Dick Marty (FDP, over 40,000 votes in the first round), Filippo Lombardi (CVP), Franco Cavalli (SP) -- both of whom had over 30,000 votes—and finally Attilio Bignasca (Lega).[4] The two incumbents from the FDP and CVP were reelected on 18 November.

The second seat for Lucerne was handed to CVP candidate Konrad Graber in so-called "silent election" when no other candidate filed to run against him in the second round. Graber had narrowly failed to be elected in the first round.[5] The second mandate in Fribourg and Valais was also decided in this way.

e • d Summary of the 21 October, 11 November, 18 November and 25 November 2007 Council of States of Switzerland election results
Parties Ideology 2003 Seats ±
Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC) Christian democracy 15 15 ±0
Free Democratic Party (FDP/PRD) Classical liberalism 14 12 –2
Social Democratic Party (SPS/PSS) Social democracy 9 9 ±0
Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) National conservatism 8 7 –1
Green Party (GPS/PES) Green politics 0 2 +2
Green Liberal Party (GLP/VL) Green liberalism 0 1 +1
Total 46 46
Source: http://www.politik-stat.ch/srw2007CH_de.html

Results[edit]

Appenzell Ausserrhoden[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Hans Altherr 10,880 87.9
Independent Vereinzelte 1,012 8.2
Independent Edgar Bischof 310 2.5
Independent Ivo Müller 98 0.8
Independent Matthias Weishaupt 84 0.7
Turnout 12,384
Free Democrats hold Swing

Appenzell Innerrhoden[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Appenzell Innerrhoden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Ivo Bischofberger
Turnout
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Aargau[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Aargau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Christine Egerszegi-Obrist 98,961 29.5
Swiss People's Maximilian Reimann 92,814 27.6
Social Democrats Pascale Bruderer 62,780 18.7
Greens Geri Müller 31,417 9.4
Christian Democrats Esther Egger 2,3843 7.1
Evangelical People's Heiner Studer 16,884 5.0
Independent Pius Lischer 6,152 1.8
Independent René Bertschinger 3,147 0.9
Turnout 335,998
Free Democrats hold Swing
Swiss People's hold Swing

Basel-Landschaft[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Basel-Landschaft
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Claude Janiak 47,473 58.5
Swiss People's Erich Straumann 28,054 34.6
Independent Vereinzelte 5,618 6.9
Turnout 81,145
Social Democrats gain from Free Democrats Swing

Basel-Stadt[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Basel-Stadt
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Anita Fetz 32,736 60.4
Liberals Andreas Albrecht 17,344 32.0
Independent Eric Weber 3,631 6.7
Independent Vereinzelte 460 0.8
Turnout 54,171
Social Democrats hold Swing

Bern[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Bern
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Simonetta Sommaruga 164,557 29.1
Swiss People's Werner Luginbühl 143,347 25.3
Greens Franziska Teuscher 108,597 19.2
Free Democrats Dora Andres 108,017 19.1
Evangelical People's Walter Donzé 17,789 3.1
Federal Democrats Christian Waber 14,374 2.5
Swiss Democrats Adrian Wyss 9,073 1.6
Turnout 565,754
Social Democrats hold Swing
Swiss People's hold Swing

Fribourg[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Fribourg – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Urs Schwaller 47,202 37.1
Social Democrats Alain Berset 35,068 27.6
Free Democrats Jean-Claude Cornu 25,165 19.8
Swiss People's Jean-François Rime 19,782 15.5
Turnout 127,217
Christian Democrats hold Swing
2007 Council of States election: Fribourg – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Alain Berset
Social Democrats hold Swing

Geneva[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Geneva
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Liliane Maury Pasquier 49,046 26.6
Greens Robert Cramer 45,452 24.7
Liberals Martine Brunschwig Graf 37,964 20.6
Christian Democrats Jean-Pierre Jobin 26,816 14.6
Swiss People's Soli Pardo 22,014 11.9
Independent Claude Tamborini 3,000 1.6
Turnout 184,292
Social Democrats hold Swing
Greens gain from Free Democrats Swing

Glarus[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Glarus
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Fritz Schiesser 6,380 44.8
Swiss People's This Jenny 6,024 42.3
Independent Vereinzelte 1,834 12.9
Turnout 14,238
Free Democrats hold Swing
Swiss People's hold Swing

Graubünden[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Graubünden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Swiss People's Christoffel Brändli 27,923 44.4
Christian Democrats Theo Maissen 21,257 33.8
Social Democrats Johannes Pfenninger 8,558 13.6
Independent Vereinzelte 5,139 8.2
Turnout 62,877
Swiss People's hold Swing
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Jura[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Jura
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Claude Hêche 7,965 18.9
Christian Democrats Anne Seydoux-Christe 6,322 15.0
Christian Democrats Madeleine Amgwerd 5,992 14.2
Social Democrats Christophe Berdat 5,907 14.0
Christian Social Party Pierre-Olivier Cattin 3,079 7.3
Free Democrats Jean-Frédéric Gerber 2,968 7.0
Swiss People's Frédéric Juillerat 2,869 6.8
Swiss People's Olivier Allimann 2,804 6.7
Free Democrats Pascal Haenni 2,194 5.2
Christian Social Party Pascal Prince 2,052 4.9
Turnout 42,152
Social Democrats hold Swing
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Lucerne[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Lucerne – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Helen Leumann-Würsch 65,269 29.6
Christian Democrats Konrad Graber 60,464 27.4
Swiss People's Josef Kunz 36,302 16.5
Social Democrats Prisca Birrer-Heimo 26,595 12.1
Greens Heidi Rebsamen 23,925 10.8
Swiss People's Pirmin Müller 8,001 3.6
Turnout 220,556
Free Democrats hold Swing
2007 Council of States election: Luzern – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Konrad Graber
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Neuchâtel[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Neuchâtel – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Gisèle Ory 17,155 15.3
Free Democrats Didier Burkhalter 16,927 15.1
Social Democrats Pierre Bonhôte 15,366 13.7
Swiss People's Yvan Perrin 15,026 13.4
Liberals Sylvie Perrinjaquet 11,811 10.5
Swiss People's Jean-Charles Legrix 10,663 9.5
Labour Denis de la Reussille 8,351 7.4
Greens Francine John-Calame 5,008 4.5
solidaritéS Marianne Ebel 4,045 3.6
Greens Blaise Horisberger 3,642 3.2
Christian Democrats Vincent Martinez 1,926 1.7
Christian Democrats Mauro Nanini 1,845 1.7
Independent Jäggi Lukas 341 0.3
Turnout 112,106
2007 Council of States election: Neuchâtel – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Didier Burkhalter 28,710 35.7
Social Democrats Gisèle Ory 27,617 34.4
Social Democrats Pierre Bonhôte 24,050 29.9
Turnout 80,377
Free Democrats gain from Social Democrats Swing
Social Democrats hold Swing

Nidwalden[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Nidwalden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Paul Niederberger
Turnout
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Obwalden[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Obwalden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Hans Hess
Turnout
Free Democrats hold Swing

Schaffhausen[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Schaffhausen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Peter Briner 16,831
Swiss People's Hannes Germann 16,774
Greens Hans Jakob Gloor 6,481
Social Democrats Sabine Spross 6,196
Alternative List Florian Keller 3,279
Independent Vereinzelte 1,655
Turnout
Free Democrats hold Swing
Swiss People's hold Swing

Schwyz[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Schwyz
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Swiss People's Alex Kuprecht 22,950
Christian Democrats Bruno Frick 21,647
Christian Democrats Alois Kessler 13,690
Free Democrats Ueli Metzger 11,396
Social Democrats Patrick Nauer 5,006
Independent Vereinzelte 715
Turnout
Swiss People's hold Swing
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Solothurn[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Solothurn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Rolf Büttiker 50,433
Social Democrats Ernst Leuenberger 45,911
Christian Democrats Annelies Peduzzi 35,470
Turnout
Free Democrats hold Swing
Social Democrats hold Swing

St. Gallen[edit]

2007 Council of States election: St. Gallen – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Swiss People's Toni Brunner 61,648
Christian Democrats Eugen David 59,488
Free Democrats Erika Forster-Vannini 55,462
Social Democrats Kathrin Hilber 43,278
Greens Yvonne Gilli 22,824
Swiss Democrats Thomas Meinrad Manser 6,280
Independent Vereinzelte 2,930
Turnout
2007 Council of States election: St. Gallen – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Erika Forster-Vannini 84,547
Christian Democrats Eugen David 80,484
Swiss People's Toni Brunner 68,667
Swiss Democrats Thomas Meinrad Manser 7,940
Independent Vereinzelte 946
Turnout
Free Democrats hold Swing
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Thurgau[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Thurgau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Philipp Stähelin 45,097
Swiss People's Hermann Bürgi 44,170
Greens Isabella Stäheli-Tobler 14,449
Social Democrats Walter Hugentobler 14,176
Independent Gabriela Coray 8,845
Independent Vereinzelte 2,685
Turnout
Christian Democrats hold Swing
Swiss People's hold Swing

Ticino[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Ticino – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Dick Marty 41,428
Christian Democrats Filippo Lombardi 33,513
Social Democrats Franco Cavalli 33,068
Lega Attilio Bignasca 21,410
Swiss People's Pierre Rusconi 12,144
Independent Matteo Gianini 1,878
Federal Democrats Edo Pellegrini 1,463
Independent Cortonesi Rivo 363
Turnout
2007 Council of States election: Ticino – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Dick Marty 40,088
Christian Democrats Filippo Lombardi 38,177
Social Democrats Franco Cavalli 32,786
Lega Attilio Bignasca 18,346
Turnout
Free Democrats hold Swing
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Uri[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Uri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Hansruedi Stadler 5,038
Christian Democrats Hansheiri Inderkum 4,937
Independent Vereinzelte 697
Turnout
Christian Democrats hold Swing
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Valais[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Valais – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Jean-René Fournier 54,352
Christian Democrats René Imoberdorf 45,092
Free Democrats Léonard Bender 22,389
Social Democrats Peter Jossen-Zinsstag 18,128
Swiss People's Jean-Luc Addor 13,274
Swiss People's Lukas Jäger 12,257
Greens Christophe Clivaz 11,027
Independent Michel Carron 1,382
Independent Gerlinde Marlene Bass-Bärenfaller 1,334
Independent Claude Bourquin 961
Turnout
Christian Democrats hold Swing
2007 Council of States election: Valais – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats René Imoberdorf
Turnout
Christian Democrats hold Swing

Vaud[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Vaud – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Charles Favre 65,439
Swiss People's Guy Parmelin 65,186
Social Democrats Géraldine Savary 54,192
Greens Luc Recordon 42,998
Christian Democrats Jacques Neirynck 17,952
Labour Marianne Huguenin 13,795
Labour Josef Zisyadis 12,456
solidaritéS Jean-Michel Dolivo 5,180
Federal Democrats Maximilien Bernhard 3,616
solidaritéS Naima Topkiran 2,728
Independent Vereinzelte 951
Turnout
2007 Council of States election: Vaud – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrats Géraldine Savary 88,056
Greens Luc Recordon 86,350
Free Democrats Charles Favre 62,116
Swiss People's Guy Parmelin 62,092
Turnout
Social Democrats hold Swing
Greens gain from Free Democrats Swing

Zug[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Zug
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Christian Democrats Peter Bieri 21,058
Free Democrats Rolf Schweiger 20,195
Turnout
Christian Democrats hold Swing
Free Democrats hold Swing

Zurich[edit]

2007 Council of States election: Zurich – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Free Democrats Felix Gutzwiller 182,594
Swiss People's Ueli Maurer 150,707
Social Democrats Chantal Galladé 110,843
Green Liberals Verena Diener 100,442
Greens Daniel Vischer 61,354
Independent Vereinzelte 48,148
Christian Democrats Kathy Riklin 39,715
Evangelical People's Ruedi Aeschbacher 16,237
Federal Democrats Markus Wäfler 8,011
Alternative List Niklaus Scherr 7,878
Independent Stadelmann Toni 1,327
Independent Zaehner Heinz 350
Independent Danowski Marian 142
Turnout
Free Democrats hold Swing
2007 Council of States election: Zurich – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Liberals Verena Diener 199,594
Swiss People's Ueli Maurer 170,081
Independent Vereinzelte 8,230
Turnout 377,905
Green Liberals gain from Swiss People's Swing

Footnotes[edit]