Bergstraße (electoral district)

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188 Bergstraße
electoral district
for the Bundestag
Bundestagswahlkreis 188-2013.svg
Bergstraße in 2013
StateHesse
Population270,300 (2019)
Electorate197,782 (2021)
Major settlementsBensheim
Viernheim
Lampertheim
Area719.5 km2
Current electoral district
Created1949
PartyCDU
MemberMichael Meister
Elected2005, 2009, 2013, 2017, 2021

Bergstraße (English: Mountain Road) is an electoral constituency (German: Wahlkreis) represented in the Bundestag. It elects one member via first-past-the-post voting. Under the current constituency numbering system, it is designated as constituency 188. It is located in southern Hesse, comprising the district of Bergstraße.[1]

Bergstraße was created for the inaugural 1949 federal election. Since 2005, it has been represented by Michael Meister of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).[2]

Geography[edit]

Bergstraße is located in southern Hesse. As of the 2021 federal election, it is coterminous with the district of Bergstraße.[1]

History[edit]

Bergstraße was created in 1949. In the 1949 election, it was Hesse constituency 22 in the numbering system. From 1953 through 1976, it was number 147. From 1980 through 1998, it was number 145. In the 2002 and 2005 elections, it was number 189. Since the 2009 election, it has been number 188.

Originally, the constituency was coterminous with the district of Bergstraße. In the 1965 through 1972 elections, it also contained the municipality of Rothenberg from the Erbach district. Since the 1976 election, it has again been coterminous with the Bergstraße district.

Election No. Name Borders
1949 22 Bergstraße
1953 147
1957
1961
1965
1969
1972
1976
1980 145
1983
1987
1990
1994
1998
2002 189
2005
2009 188
2013
2017
2021

Members[edit]

The constituency was first represented by Heinrich von Brentano of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1949 to 1965, followed by Carl Otto Lenz of the CDU until 1969. Wolfgang Schwabe won it for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1969 and served until 1976, when former member Lenz regained it for the CDU. Klaus Kübler won it back to the SPD in 1980, but Lenz was once again elected in 1983. Fellow CDU member Franz-Hermann Kappes then served from 1987 to 1994, followed by Michael Meister until 1998. Christine Lambrecht of the SPD won the constituency in 1998 and was representative until 2005. Former member Meister was elected again in 2005, and re-elected in 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2021.

Election Member Party %
1949 Heinrich von Brentano CDU 35.3
1953 44.9
1957 50.6
1961 45.1
1965 Carl Otto Lenz CDU 46.9
1969 Wolfgang Schwabe SPD 46.0
1972 51.6
1976 Carl Otto Lenz CDU 48.5
1980 Klaus Kübler SPD 47.3
1983 Carl Otto Lenz CDU 51.1
1987 Franz-Hermann Kappes CDU 47.8
1990 46.5
1994 Michael Meister CDU 46.7
1998 Christine Lambrecht SPD 45.4
2002 45.3
2005 Michael Meister CDU 44.4
2009 44.4
2013 48.3
2017 38.9
2021 30.5

Election results[edit]

2021 election[edit]

Federal election (2021): Bergstraße[3]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
CDU Green tickY Michael Meister 46,125 30.5 Decrease 8.4 37,064 24.5 Decrease 8.7
SPD Sven Wingerter 41,124 27.2 Increase 0.3 41,124 27.2 Increase 4.8
Green Moritz Müller 20,955 13.9 Increase 6.2 21,457 14.2 Increase 5.3
FDP Till Mansmann 16,175 10.7 Increase 3.1 20,432 13.5 Increase 1.7
AfD Thomas Fetsch 14,351 9.5 Decrease 3.0 14,377 9.5 Decrease 3.4
Left Sascha Bahl 4,149 2.7 Decrease 2.8 4,629 3.1 Decrease 3.6
Tierschutzpartei   3,029 2.0 Increase 0.8
FW Kerstin Buchner 4,287 2.8 2,723 1.8 Increase 1.0
dieBasis Ina Rodewald 2,748 1.8 2,465 1.6
PARTEI   1,221 0.8 Steady 0.0
Unabhängige Gabriele Ermen 953 0.6
Pirates   617 0.4 Steady 0.0
Todenhöfer   533 0.4
Volt   491 0.3
Independent Heike Grammbitter 385 0.3
Gesundheitsforschung   258 0.2
NPD   237 0.2 Decrease 0.2
Bündnis C   176 0.1
ÖDP   151 0.1 Decrease 0.1
Humanists   153 0.1
V-Partei³   145 0.1 Steady 0.0
Bündnis 21 63 0.0
LKR   47 0.0
DKP   33 0.0 Steady 0.0
MLPD   18 0.0 Steady 0.0
Informal votes 1,926 1,733
Total Valid votes 151,250 151,443
Turnout 153,176 77.4 Decrease 1.2
CDU hold Majority 5,001 3.3 Decrease 8.7

2017 election[edit]

Federal election (2017): Bergstraße[4]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
CDU Green tickY Michael Meister 59,781 38.9 Decrease 9.4 51,088 33.2 Decrease 9.3
SPD Christine Lambrecht 41,408 26.9 Decrease 4.8 34,435 22.3 Decrease 5.2
AfD Rolf Kahnt 19,153 12.5 Increase 8.2 19,923 12.9 Increase 7.3
Green Moritz Müller 11,747 7.6 Increase 2.0 13,595 8.8 Increase 0.2
FDP Till Mansmann 11,711 7.6 Increase 5.7 18,196 11.8 Increase 6.3
Left Sascha Bahl 8,511 5.5 Increase 1.6 10,197 6.6 Increase 1.8
Tierschutzpartei   1,793 1.2
PARTEI   1,261 0.8 Increase 0.4
FW   1,227 0.8 Increase 0.3
Independent Sebastian Bucher 904 0.6
Pirates   688 0.4 Decrease 1.6
NPD   545 0.4 Decrease 0.7
Independent Martin Polivka 524 0.3
DM 298 0.2
ÖDP   254 0.2
BGE   243 0.2
V-Partei³ 219 0.1
MLPD   57 0.0 Steady 0.0
BüSo 48 0.0 Steady 0.0
DKP   27 0.0
Informal votes 2,343 1,988
Total Valid votes 153,739 154,094
Turnout 156,082 78.7 Increase 4.4
CDU hold Majority 18,373 12.0 Decrease 4.5

2013 election[edit]

Federal election (2013): Bergstraße[5]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
CDU Green tickY Michael Meister 70,131 48.3 Increase 3.9 61,337 42.4 Increase 7.9
SPD Christine Lambrecht 46,099 31.8 Increase 0.8 39,838 27.6 Increase 3.0
Green Uwe Pfenning 8,222 5.7 Decrease 2.1 12,520 8.7 Decrease 2.1
AfD Tim Wiemer 6,129 4.2 8,134 5.6
Left Bruno Schwarz 5,730 3.9 Decrease 2.4 7,025 4.9 Decrease 2.6
FDP Till Mansmann 2,795 1.9 Decrease 7.0 7,975 5.5 Decrease 11.8
Pirates Arne Pfeilsticker 2,779 1.9 2,951 2.0 Increase 0.1
NPD Jens Schäfer 1,635 1.1 Decrease 0.5 1,589 1.1 Steady 0.0
FW Volker Gallandi 1,609 1.1 1,602 1.1
PARTEI   628 0.4
REP   617 0.4 Decrease 0.6
PRO 182 0.1
BüSo 67 0.0 Decrease 0.1
PSG   62 0.0
MLPD   32 0.0 Steady 0.0
Informal votes 3,252 3,822
Total Valid votes 145,129 144,559
Turnout 148,381 74.3 Steady 0.0
CDU hold Majority 24,032 16.5 Increase 3.0

2009 election[edit]

Federal election (2009): Bergstraße[6]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
CDU Green tickY Michael Meister 64,472 44.4 Steady 0.0 50,275 34.5 Decrease 2.0
SPD Christine Lambrecht 44,903 30.9 Decrease 10.9 35,748 24.6 Decrease 10.8
FDP Benjamin Kramer 12,966 8.9 Increase 5.1 25,219 17.3 Increase 6.2
Green Christian Gerber 11,296 7.8 Increase 3.9 15,683 10.8 Increase 2.1
Left Harry Siegert 9,171 6.3 Increase 3.0 10,891 7.5 Increase 3.2
Pirates   2,782 1.9
Tierschutzpartei   1,618 1.1 Increase 0.2
NPD Edna Windecker 2,365 1.6 Steady 0.0 1,607 1.1 Decrease 0.2
REP   1,458 1.0 Decrease 0.1
BüSo 165 0.1 Steady 0.0
DVU   113 0.1
MLPD   41 0.0 Steady 0.0
Informal votes 3,135 2,708
Total Valid votes 145,173 145,600
Turnout 148,308 74.3 Decrease 5.1
CDU hold Majority 19,569 13.5 Increase 10.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Constituency Bergstraße". Federal Returning Officer.
  2. ^ "Results for Bergstraße". Federal Returning Officer.
  3. ^ Results for Bergstraße
  4. ^ Results for Bergstraße
  5. ^ Results for Bergstraße
  6. ^ Results for Bergstraße