Pyrénées-Atlantiques's 2nd constituency

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The 2nd constituency of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques (French: deuxième circonscription des Pyrénées-Atlantiques) is a French legislative constituency in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département. Like the other 576 French constituencies, it elects one MP using the first past the post election system with a run-off.

Assembly Members[edit]

François Bayrou, the leader of MoDem, had held the seat from 1988 until his defeat by the Socialist Party's Nathalie Chabanne in 2012.

Election Member Party
1988 François Bayrou UDF
2007 François Bayrou MoDem
2012 Nathalie Chabanne Socialist

Results[edit]

2012 election[edit]

The 2012 election in this constituency attracted media interest as long-serving MP, national political figure and three-time presidential candidate François Bayrou appeared to be facing unprecedented difficulty. Until 2002, the mainstream right had not stood a candidate against him, and in 2007 the candidate of the Union for a Popular Movement had withdrawn in his favour in the second round. Following Bayrou's personal endorsement of François Hollande for the second round of the 2012 presidential election, however, the UMP withdrew its earlier promise[1] not to stand a candidate against him. The UMP considered standing Frédéric Nihous, a former presidential candidate for a small hunters' party, as its candidate, but Nihous declined, saying he would support the UMP without being its candidate. Local party member Éric Saubatte was chosen instead.[2] Bayrou also had to contend with a Socialist opponent, despite there having been talk in the Socialist Party of not standing a candidate in his constituency, as a gesture of acknowledgment for his endorsement of Hollande.[3]

Under French electoral law, in legislative elections, a third-placed candidate may advance to the second round if he or she obtains the votes of at least 12.5% of registered voters. This is what happened, as third-placed candidate Éric Saubatte (UMP) was able to take part in a three-way runoff vote.[4]

2012 legislative election: Pyrénées-Atlantiques' 2nd constituency - 2nd round
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PS Nathalie Chabanne 20,090 42.78
MoDem François Bayrou 14,169 30.17
UMP Éric Saubatte 12,700 27.04
Turnout
2012 legislative election: Pyrénées-Atlantiques' 2nd constituency - 1st round[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PS Nathalie Chabanne 16,761 34.90 +11.6
MoDem François Bayrou 11.348 23.63 -13.7
UMP Éric Saubatte 10,432 21.72 -4.2
FN Jessica Bernadez 4,477 9.32 +7
FG Denis Labouret 2,516 5.24 +3.3
EELV Eurydice Bled 1,317 2.74 +0.3
DLR Guillaume Besse 354 0.74 n/a
Other Marc Vercoutère 308 0.64 +0.6
CNIP Didier Perrin 199 0.41 n/a
NPA Marianne Ligou 181 0.38 -1.3
LO Frédéric Steinbauer 127 0.26 +0
Turnout 48,796 62.80 -4

2007 election[edit]

Although François Bayou kept his seat, he switched from the UDF to his newly founded MoDem.

Any candidate obtaining the votes of at least 12.5% of registered voters could advance to the second round. The candidate of the Union for a Popular Movement, Jean-Pierre Marine, finished second behind Bayrou in the first round, and withdrew from the second, endorsing Bayrou so as not to split the centre-right electorate between two candidates. Third-placed Socialist candidate Marie-Pierre Cabanne was thus Bayrou's only opponent in the final round.[3]

2007 legislative election: Pyrénées-Atlantiques' 2nd constituency - 2nd round

2007 legislative election: Pyrénées-Atlantiques' 2nd constituency - 1st round[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
MoDem François Bayrou 18,250 37.3% -4.5
UMP Jean-Pierre Marine 12,696 25.9% n/a
PS Marie-Pierre Cabanne 11,423 23.3% -8.1
CPNT Frédéric Nihous 1,173 2.4% -7
LV Nicole Juyoux 1,155 2.4% -0.6
FN Michèle Darricarrere 1,120 2.3% -4.3
PCF Claire Rey 939 1.9% -0.8
Revolutionary Communist League Bruno Bajou 834 1.7% +0.4
MPF Roger Falliex 336 0.8% -0.4
Les Alternatifs Pierre Arrabie-Aubies 365 0.8% n/a
France in Action Karine Zebda 274 0.6% n/a
Independent Alain Pecassou 224 0.5% n/a
LO Frédéric Steinbauer 161 0.3% -0.3
Independent Marc Vercoutère 7 0.0% n/a
Turnout 49,626 66.8%
Party Candidate Votes % ±
MoDem François Bayrou 25,677 61.2% +5.6
PS Marie-Pierre Cabanne 16,273 38.8% -5.6
MoDem gain from UDF Swing
Turnout 46,624 62.7% -5.4

2002 election[edit]

2007 legislative election: Pyrénées-Atlantiques' 2nd constituency - 2nd round

2007 legislative election: Pyrénées-Atlantiques' 2nd constituency - 1st round[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UDF François Bayrou 20,425 41.79%
PS Georges Labazee 15,353 31.41%
CPNT Jean Saint-Josse 4,611 9.43%
FN Marie-France Llucia-Latour 3,223 6.59%
LV Nicole Juyoux 1,463 2.99%
PCF Yves Péré 1,310 2.68%
Revolutionary Communist League Christiane Alias 641 1.31%
MPF Colette Ducousso 579 1.18%
LO Frédéric Steinbauer 315 0.64%
Regionalist Michel Dantin 277 0.57%
Other Michel Catuhe 241 0.49%
National Republican Movement Henri Daudu 239 0.49%
Miscellaneous far right Ginette Desport 196 0.40%
Miscellaneous far left Didier Calmon 0 0.00%
Turnout 49,902 71.86%
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UDF François Bayrou 25,106 55.58%
PS Georges Labazee 20,062 44.42%
UDF hold Swing
Turnout 47,284 68.09%

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