2020 Emilia-Romagna regional election
All 50 seats to the Regional Council of Emilia-Romagna
Maps of the election result
The 2020 Emilia-Romagna regional election took place in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on 26 January 2020. The result was the victory of the centre-left coalition and the confirmation of Stefano Bonaccini as President of Emilia-Romagna, with more than 51% of votes, nearly doubling the number of votes received in 2014.
The election was held concurrently with a regional election in Calabria.
The Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna (Assemblea Legislativa dell'Emilia-Romagna) is composed of 50 members. Forty councillors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a 3% quorum, Droop quota and open lists, while ten councillors (elected in bloc) come from a "regional list", including the President-elect. The 3% quota does not apply to parties tied to a candidate who gathers more than 5% of votes. One seat is reserved for the candidate who comes second. If a coalition wins more than 50% of the total seats in the Council with PR, only five candidates from the regional list will be picked, and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be forty-five. If the winning coalition receives less than 40% of the seats, special seats are added to the Council to ensure a large majority for the President's coalition.
Despite Emilia-Romagna having always been considered one of the "red regions" – a stronghold of left-wing parties since the end of the World War II – in the 2018 general election the centre-right coalition became the largest political force in the region. The 2020 regional election has been considered as the first competitive one in the history of the region.
The centre-left nominated incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini at the head of a coalition including the Democratic Party (PD) and its left-wing allies of Free and Equal (LeU) and Green Europe (EV), as well as More Europe (+Eu). Bonaccini also launched a personal civic list, named "Bonaccini for President", which included, among others, members from Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva (IV), Carlo Calenda's Action and Federico Pizzarotti's Italy in Common (IiC). The centre-right proposed Senator Lucia Borgonzoni, member of the League (Lega) and former undersecretary to cultural activities in Giuseppe Conte's first government. The centre-right coalition included also Brothers of Italy (FdI), Forza Italia (FI) and Cambiamo! (C!).
The official election campaign was opened on 14 November by the League, which organized a rally at the PalaDozza, the sport arena of Bologna. On that occasion Matteo Salvini presented the centre-right candidate Lucia Borgonzoni. At the same time, a flash mob named "6000 Sardines against Salvini" was organized in Piazza Maggiore, to peacefully protest against Salvini's campaign in Emilia-Romagna. On the following day, Nicola Zingaretti's Democratic Party held a three-day convention in Bologna, known as Tutta un'altra storia ("A whole different story").
On 19 November, Bonaccini and Borgonzoni had their first television debate, hosted by the talk show #Cartabianca by Bianca Berlinguer on Rai 3. The debate was followed by about 1.6 million viewers (6% share).
After a period of uncertainty regarding its participation in the regional elections, and after a decline in opinion polls and poor election results in 2019 Umbrian election, on 21 November the Five Star Movement launched a survey on its on-line platform "Rousseau", to ask its members if they should participate in the following regional elections. Almost 70% of members voted to run in the elections, and therefore M5S leader Luigi Di Maio announced the presentation of M5S electoral lists and a M5S candidate for the regional presidency, without party alliances.
On 7 December, more than 10,000 people gathered Piazza Maggiore in Bologna for the launch of Bonaccini's electoral campaign.
- Stefano Bonaccini, being the outgoing regional president, claimed the results achieved by his administration (including the "Pact for Labour" of 2015), and proposed four priority points summed up into the slogan "A step forward": to create free kindergartens for all children in the region, to break down the waiting lists for health interventions and access times to first aid, to carry out preventive maintenance and safety of the regional territory, and to reduce the phenomenon of NEET.
- The League of Lucia Borgonzoni proposed the introduction of some practices already existing in the other regions governed by the centre-right (in particular Lombardy and Veneto), including the opening of hospitals during public holidays and at night to carry out medical exams and laboratory tests, and the reduction of the regional IRPEF with introduction of 1.23% flat rate.
- The Five Star Movement of Simone Benini focused its programme on social, infrastructural and environmental issues, including the repeal of the regional legislation on urban planning, the rethinking of the Cispadana regional motorway project in favour of a fast road without toll, the reduction of waste to shut down incinerators and landfills, and generally introducing new environmental sustainability policies in the region.
- Stefano Lugli (The Other Emilia-Romagna) proposed a "safe" region in the sense of "fair, public and sustainable", i.e. based on social equality, the fight against the privatization of services and the relaunch of environmental policies.
- Marta Collot (Power to the People) presented a "rupture programme" based on equality, in particular proposing a guaranteed minimum wage of 9 euros per hour, redesigning the regional urban planning policies, and withdrawing the request for differentiated regional autonomy already presented by Emilia-Romagna in 2019.
- The Communist Party put poverty, social justice and equality at the centre of its programme.
- The 3V Movement "Vaccines We Want Truth" called for the lift of mandatory vaccinations recently enforced by the government for the access of children and infants to public schools and kindergartens.
Newspapers and magazines
- Il Giornale
- La Verità
- L'Occidentale (party newspaper of Identity and Action)
- La Croce (party newspaper of The People of Family)
Parties and candidates
|Political party or alliance||Constituent lists||Previous result||Candidate|
|Centre-left coalition||Democratic Party||44.5||29|
|Bonaccini for President (incl. IV, A, IiC, CD, Pos and CpE)||N/A||N/A|
|Brave Emilia-Romagna (incl. Art.1, SI and ÈViva)||N/A||N/A|
|Centre-right coalition||League Emilia–Romagna||19.4||8|
|Forza Italia (incl. UdC)||8.4||2|
|Brothers of Italy||1.9||1|
|Cambiamo!–The People of Family (incl. IdeA)||N/A||N/A|
|Borgonzoni for President||N/A||N/A|
|Youths for the Environment (formed by Youth League)||N/A||N/A|
|Five Star Movement||13.3||5|
|Power to the People||N/A||N/A|
|The Other Emilia-Romagna (incl. PRC, PCI, PdS, PU)||3.7||1|
|26 Jan 2020||Opinio (exit poll)||–||48.0–52.0||43.0–47.0||2.0–5.0||–||–||5.0|
|25–26 Jan 2020||Tecnè (intention poll)||12,000||46.5–50.5||43.5–47.5||2.0–6.0||–||–||3.0|
|9 Jan 2020||SWG||1,000||47.0||45.0||5.0||3.0||19.0||2.0|
|9 Jan 2020||EMG||1,000||44.0||43.0||7.5||5.5||N/A||1.0|
|6–8 Jan 2020||Demopolis||1,000||46.5||44.5||6.5||2.5||24.0||2.0|
|7 Jan 2020||Noto||1,000||45.0||43.0||7.0||5.0||N/A||2.0|
|5 Jan 2020||Affaritaliani.it||–||45.0||43.0||7.0||5.0||N/A||2.0|
|30–31 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||44.0||43.0||7.5||5.5||N/A||1.0|
|27–30 Dec 2019||MG Research||–||45.5||43.5||7.5||3.5||N/A||2.0|
|28 Dec 2019||Opinio Italia||1,000||46.5||43.5||7.5||2.5||N/A||3.0|
|22–23 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||46.0||44.0||7.0||3.0||N/A||2.0|
|18–22 Dec 2019||Demopolis||4,008||46.0||44.0||7.0||3.0||25.0||2.0|
|14–18 Dec 2019||EMG||1,000||46.5||43.5||6.5||3.5||N/A||3.0|
|17 Dec 2019||Ixè||1,000||47.2||40.1||7.8||4.9||25.0||7.1|
|13 Dec 2019||MG Research||–||44.5||44.5||8.5||2.5||N/A||Tie|
|12 Dec 2019||Noto||–||47.0||43.0||6.0||4.0||N/A||4.0|
|9–12 Dec 2019||Ipsos||1,000||44.2||42.1||8.4||5.3||N/A||2.1|
|10–11 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||45.0||44.0||7.0||4.0||N/A||1.0|
|2–4 Dec 2019||EMG||1,000||46.5||44.0||5.5||4.0||N/A||2.5|
|29 Nov–2 Dec 2019||IZI||1,007||45.4||40.6||9.9||4.1||N/A||4.9|
|29 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||44.5||45.0||8.0||2.5||N/A||0.5|
|25 Nov 2019||Piepoli||–||44.0||43.0||9.0||4.0||N/A||1.0|
|24 Nov 2019||Affaritaliani.it||–||46.0||44.0||7.0||3.0||25.0||2.0|
|22–24 Nov 2019||Tecnè||1,000||45.0||45.0||8.0||2.0||N/A||Tie|
|21 Nov 2019||Noto||–||45.0||44.0||8.0||3.0||N/A||1.0|
|19 Nov 2019||Ixè||1,000||40.0||29.2||5.0||7.7||18.1||10.8|
|13–19 Nov 2019||SWG[a]||1,000||43.0||45.0||7.0||5.0||15.0||2.0|
|15 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||44.0||46.0||7.0||3.0||N/A||2.0|
|9–14 Nov 2019||ScenariPolitici–Winpoll[a]||1,000||50.7||42.1||6.2||1.0||N/A||8.6|
|9–10 Nov 2019||Tecnè||800||46.0||45.0||7.0||2.0||N/A||1.0|
|8 nov 2019||Affari Italiani||—||41.0||45.0||12.0||2.0||N/A||4.0|
|31 Oct–4 Nov 2019||EMG||1,000||45.5||44.0||7.0||3.5||N/A||1.5|
|20 Sep 2019||Repubblica[a]||–||45.0||36.0||N/A||N/A||N/A||9.0|
|20 Sep 2019||Il Resto del Carlino[a]||–||48.0||31.0||6.5||13.7||N/A||17.0|
|6–12 Sep 2019||SWG[a]||1,000||41.0||42.0||13.0||4.0||25.0||1.0|
|23 November 2014||Election results||–||49.1||29.8||13.3||7.7||–||25.1|
|Date||Polling firm||Sample size||Centre-left||Centre-right||M5S||Others||Undecided||Lead|
|26 Jan 2020||Election results||–||34.7||3.8||5.8||3.9||31.9||2.6||8.6||2.3||4.5||1.5||–||2.8|
|6–8 Jan 2020||Demopolis||1,000||44.5||45.0||7.8||2.7||24.0||0.5|
|30–31 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||28.5||N/A||7.0||7.0||30.0||4.5||5.0||4.5||7.5||6.0||N/A||1.5|
|27–30 Dec 2019||MG Research||–||28.5||N/A||6.5||9.0||33.0||N/A||7.0||5.0||7.5||3.5||N/A||4.5|
|22–23 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||31.0||N/A||N/A||14.0||30.0||5.0||7.0||3.0||7.0||3.0||N/A||1.0|
|18–22 Dec 2019||Demopolis||4,008||44.0||45.0||8.0||3.0||25.0||1.0|
|13–17 Dec 2019||Ixè||1,000||29.4||N/A||7.8||6.8||27.8||4.2||7.9||2.0||8.8||5.3||N/A||1.6|
|13 Dec 2019||MG Research||–||34.5||1.0||N/A||5.5||32.5||5.5||7.0||2.0||9.5||2.5||N/A||2.0|
|9–12 Dec 2019||Ipsos||1,000||22.9||N/A||20.2||N/A||25.9||2.0||10.1||4.8||8.2||5.9||N/A||3.0|
|10–11 Dec 2019||Tecnè||1,000||30.0||14.0||30.0||5.0||7.0||3.0||7.0||4.0||N/A||Tie|
|29 Nov–2 Dec 2019||IZI||1,007||24.7||N/A||11.0||5.2||29.8||5.1||9.4||1.1||10.9||2.8||N/A||5.1|
|29 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||34.0||1.5||N/A||5.5||33.0||5.5||7.5||1.5||9.0||2.5||N/A||1.0|
|22–24 Nov 2019||Tecnè||1,000||31.0||N/A||N/A||13.0||31.0||5.0||6.0||4.0||8.0||2.0||N/A||Tie|
|19 Nov 2019||Ixè||1,000||34.3||N/A||N/A||N/A||30.9||5.1||6.0||N/A||10.4||13.3||N/A||3.4|
|13–19 Nov 2019||SWG[a]||1,000||27.0||2.5||N/A||10.5||32.0||4.5||7.0||5.0||8.5||3.0||16.0||5.0|
|15 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||35.0||2.0||N/A||3.5||34.0||5.0||8.0||1.0||8.5||4.5||N/A||1.0|
|9–14 Nov 2019||ScenariPolitici–Winpoll[a]||1,000||33.9||2.5||8.4||N/A||33.0||4.4||6.1||4.1||6.0||1.6||N/A||0.9|
|4 Nov 2019||Termometro Politico||–||46.0||48.5||N/A||N/A||N/A||2.5|
|1 Nov 2019||MG Research||–||27.0||1.5||N/A||11.0||33.0||5.0||7.5||1.0||10.0||6.0||N/A||6.0|
|28 Oct 2019||Affaritaliani.it||–||31.7||N/A||N/A||N/A||34.5||5.0||7.4||N/A||6.5||N/A||N/A||2.8|
|20 Sep 2019||Il Resto del Carlino[a]||–||44.5||43.6||8.5||N/A||N/A||0.9|
|6–12 Sep 2019||SWG[a]||1,000||33.5||2.0||N/A||4.5||33.5||4.0||5.5||1.5||13.0||N/A||N/A||Tie|
|6–10 Jul 2019||GPF||1,200||14.9||N/A||N/A||N/A||15.8||3.0||2.2||N/A||6.1||2.6||32.5||0.9|
|3 Jul–21 Dec 2018||Ipsos||1,440||17.0||N/A||N/A||N/A||23.0||3.0||N/A||N/A||15.0||4.0||38.0||6.0|
|23 Nov 2014||Election results||–||44.5||6.9||–||1.9||19.4||8.4||1.9||–||13.3||3.6||–||25.1|
- This poll was commissioned by a political party.
- with CSX
|Stefano Bonaccini||1,195,742||51.42||1||Democratic Party||749,976||34.69||22|
|Bonaccini for President||124,591||5.76||3|
|Brothers of Italy||185,796||8.59||3|
|Borgonzoni for President||37,462||1.73||–|
|Cambiamo!–The People of Family||6,341||0.29||–|
|Youths for the Environment||6,007||0.28||–|
|Simone Benini||80,823||3.48||–||Five Star Movement||102,595||4.74||2|
|Domenico Battaglia||10,979||0.47||–||3V Movement||11,187||0.52||–|
|Laura Bergamini||10,269||0.44||–||Communist Party||10,287||0.48||–|
|Marta Collot||7,029||0.30||–||Power to the People||8,048||0.37||–|
|Stefano Lugli||5,983||0.26||–||The Other Emilia-Romagna||7,830||0.36||–|
|Blank and invalid votes||48,477||2.04|
|Total candidates||2,325,497||100.00||2||Total parties||2,162,216||100.00||48|
|Source: Ministry of the Interior – Election in Emilia-Romagna|
Results by province and capital city
|Source: Ministry of the Interior – Turnout|
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- Borgonzoni renounced to her Regional Council seat, keeping her seat in the Senate. Mastacchi, of the list "Borgonzoni for President", took over the empty seat.
- Schlein was elected both in Bologna and Reggio Emilia. Taruffi took over her seat in Bologna.
- Sgarbi renounced to his Regional Council seat, keeping his seat in the Chamber of Deputies. Castaldini took over the empty seat.
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