2019 Bremen state election

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2019 Bremen state election

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All 84 seats of the Bürgerschaft of Bremen
43 seats needed for a majority
Turnout1,469,506 (64.1%)
Increase 13.9 pp
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Carsten Meyer-Heder Carsten Sieling Maike Schaefer
Party CDU SPD Green
Last election 20 seats, 22.4% 30 seats, 32.8% 14 seats, 15.1%
Seats won 24 23 16
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 7 Increase 2
Popular vote 391,709 366,375 256,181
Percentage 26.7% 24.9% 17.4%
Swing Increase 4.3 pp Decrease 7.9 pp Increase 2.3 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Kristina Vogt Frank Magnitz Lencke Wischhusen
Party Left AfD FDP
Last election 8 seats, 9.5% 4 seats, 5.5% 6 seats, 6.6%
Seats won 10 5 5
Seat change Increase 2 Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 166,378 89,939 87,420
Percentage 11.3% 6.1% 5.9%
Swing Increase 1.8 pp Increase 0.6 pp Decrease 0.7 pp

  Seventh party
 
Leader Hinrich Lührssen
Party BIW
Last election 1 seat, 3.2%
Seats won 1
Seat change Steady 0
Popular vote 35,808
Percentage 2.4%
Swing Decrease 0.8 pp

Mayor before election

Carsten Sieling
SPD

Elected Mayor

Andreas Bovenschulte
SPD

The 2019 Bremen state election was held on 26 May 2019 to elect the members of the Bürgerschaft of Bremen, as well as the city councils of Bremen and Bremerhaven. The election took place on the same day as the 2019 European Parliament election.[1][2][3] The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) became the largest party in the Bürgerschaft, while the Social Democratic Party (SPD) fell to second place. The Greens and The Left made small gains. After the election, the SPD, Greens, and Left agreed to form a coalition government. Carsten Sieling resigned as mayor and was replaced by fellow SPD member Andreas Bovenschulte.[4][5]

Parties[edit]

The table below lists parties represented in the previous Bürgerschaft of Bremen.

Name Ideology Leader(s) 2015 result
Votes (%) Seats
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Social democracy Carsten Sieling 32.8%
30 / 83
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christian democracy Carsten Meyer-Heder 22.4%
20 / 83
Grüne Alliance 90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Green politics Maike Schaefer 15.1%
14 / 83
Linke The Left
Die Linke
Democratic socialism Kristina Vogt 9.5%
8 / 83
FDP Free Democratic Party
Freie Demokratische Partei
Classical liberalism Lencke Wischhusen 6.6%
6 / 83
AfD Alternative for Germany
Alternative für Deutschland
National conservatism Frank Magnitz 5.5%
4 / 83
BiW Citizens in Rage
Bürger in Wut
Right-wing populism Hinrich Lührssen 3.2%
1 / 83

Opinion polls[edit]

Opinion polling for the 2019 Bremen state election.svg

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
SPD CDU Grüne Linke FDP AfD Others Lead
2019 state election 26 May 2019 24.9 26.7 17.4 11.3 5.9 6.1 7.7 1.8
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 20–23 May 2019 1,664 24.5 26 18 12 5 7 7.5 1.5
INSA 15–20 May 2019 1,000 23 28 18 11 6 6 8 5
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 13–15 May 2019 1,021 24.5 26 18 12 5.5 8 6 1.5
Infratest dimap 13–15 May 2019 1,007 24 27 18 12 5 6 8 3
Infratest dimap 25 Apr–2 May 2019 1,000 25 26 18 12 6 8 5 1
INSA 22 Mar–1 Apr 2019 1,000 25 25 19 11 7 7 6 Tie
Infratest dimap 24–30 Jan 2019 1,000 24 25 18 13 6 8 6 1
FGW Telefonfeld 20–23 Aug 2018 1,015 26 26 20 12 7 6 3 Tie
pollytix 22 Jun–2 Jul 2018 1,000 28 24 14 14 10 8 2 4
INSA 14–18 May 2018 1,003 22 24 14 17 9 10 4 2
Infratest dimap 13–18 Apr 2018 1,002 26 24 14 15 7 9 5 2
2017 federal election 24 Sep 2017 26.8 25.1 11.1 13.1 9.3 10.0 4.3 1.7
Infratest dimap 9–14 Jan 2017 1,003 29 24 13 11 8 11 4 5
Infratest dimap 26 Apr–2 May 2016 1,000 29 22 16 10 7 11 5 7
2015 state election 10 May 2015 32.8 22.4 15.1 9.5 6.6 5.5 8.0 10.4

Election result[edit]

Summary of the 26 May 2019 election results for the Bürgerschaft of Bremen
Party Votes % +/- Seats Total
seats
+/- Seats %
Bremen Bremerhaven
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 391,709 26.7 Increase4.3 20 4 24 Increase4 28.6
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 366,375 24.9 Decrease7.9 19 4 23 Decrease7 27.4
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) 256,181 17.4 Increase2.3 13 3 16 Increase2 19.0
The Left (Linke) 166,378 11.3 Increase1.8 9 1 10 Increase2 11.9
Alternative for Germany (AfD) 89,939 6.1 Increase0.6 4 1 5 Increase1 6.0
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 87,420 5.9 Decrease0.7 4 1 5 Decrease1 6.0
Citizens in Rage (BiW) 35,808 2.4 Decrease0.8 0 1 1 Steady0 1.2
Die PARTEI (PARTEI) 24,433 1.7 Decrease0.2 0 0 0 ±0 0
Free Voters (FW) 14,205 1.0 Increase1.0 0 0 0 ±0 0
Pirate Party Germany (Piraten) 14,143 1.0 Decrease0.5 0 0 0 ±0 0
Others 22,915 1.6 0 0 0 ±0 0
Total 1,469,506 100.0 69 15 84 Increase1
Voter turnout 64.1 Increase13.9
Popular Vote
CDU
26.66%
SPD
24.93%
B'90/GRÜNE
17.43%
DIE LINKE
11.32%
AfD
6.12%
FDP
5.95%
BiW
2.44%
Other
5.15%
Bürgerschaft seats
CDU
28.57%
SPD
27.38%
B'90/GRÜNE
19.05%
DIE LINKE
11.90%
AfD
5.95%
FDP
5.95%
BiW
1.19%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bürgerschaftswahl 2019 in Bremen: Die wichtigsten Fakten im Überblick". www.merkur.de (in German). 2019-04-05. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  2. ^ "Bürgerschaftswahl 2019 in Bremen: Fragen und Antworten zur Wahl in Bremen". handelsblatt.com (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  3. ^ "Bürgerschaftswahl 2019 - Wahlen zur Bremischen Bürgerschaft". landesportal.bremen.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  4. ^ "Bremen: So tickt Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD)". 8 July 2019 – via www.welt.de.
  5. ^ "Bremer SPD schließt Koalition mit CDU aus - buten un binnen". www.butenunbinnen.de.