2017 Saarland state election

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Saarland state election, 2017

← 2012 26 March 2017

All 51 seats of the Landtag of the Saarland
26 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer 2 par Claude Truong-Ngoc janvier 2015.jpg 2017-03-26 Anke Rehlinger by Sandro Halank–5.jpg
Leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Anke Rehlinger
Party CDU SPD
Leader since 28 May 2011[1] 18 June 2016
Last election 19 seats, 35.2% 17 seats, 30.6%
Seats won 24 17
Seat change Increase5 Steady
Popular vote 217,265 157,841
Percentage 40.7% 29.6%
Swing Increase5.5% Decrease1.0%

  Third party Fourth party
  Oskar Lafontaine (DIE LINKE) in Hamm (10571425525).jpg Rudolf Müller-6924.jpg
Leader Oskar Lafontaine Rudolf Müller
Party Left AfD
Leader since 9 August 2008 16 September 2016
Last election 9 seats, 16.1%
Seats won 7 3
Seat change Decrease2 New
Popular vote 68,566 32,935
Percentage 12.9% 6.2%
Swing Decrease3.2% New

SL Landtagswahl 2017.svg

Minister-President before election

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
CDU

Minister-President

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
CDU

State elections were held in Saarland on 26 March 2017.[2][3] All 51 seats in the Landtag of Saarland were up for election. The incumbent Minister-President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer went into the election leading a grand coalition of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD),[4] seeking re-election after serving two terms as Minister-President.[5]

Background[edit]

The 2012 state election was a snap election called due to the collapse of the Jamaica coalition of CDU, Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party on 6 January 2012. The result of the election was a victory for the governing Christian Democrats, while the FDP suffered enormous losses. The party thus failed to achieve parliamentary representation. The Greens lost voters, but obtained seats by getting enough votes to reach the 5 percent threshold. The opposition Social Democrats led by Heiko Maas increased their number of seats and votes, but failed to become the largest party in parliament. The Left Party suffered moderate losses. The Pirate Party secured parliamentary representation for the first time in a Western German regional parliament.[6]

Parties and candidates[edit]

Party Ideology Leader(s) Result in 2012
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Christian democracy, Liberal conservatism Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer 35.2%
(19 seats)
Social Democratic Party (SPD) Social democracy Anke Rehlinger 30.6%
(17 seats)
The Left Democratic socialism, Left-wing populism Oskar Lafontaine 16.1%
(9 seats)
Pirate Party Pirate Party, Social liberalism Gerd Rainer Weber 7.4%
(4 seats)
Alliance '90/The Greens Green politics, Ecologism, Social Liberalism Hubert Ulrich, Barbara Meyer-Gluche 5.0%
(2 seats)
Family Party Conservatism Roland Körner 1.7%
(0 seats)
Free Democratic Party (FDP) Liberalism, Classical liberalism Oliver Luksic 1.2%
(0 seats)
National Democratic Party (NPD) Neo-Nazism, German nationalism Peter Marx 1.2%
(0 seats)
Free Voters (FW) Conservatism Uwe Kammer 0.9%
(0 seats)
Alternative for Germany (AfD) Right-wing populism, Euroscepticism Rudolf Müller
Alliance Basic Income - The Basic Income Party (BGE) pro-Unconditional basic income Jeanine Hechl
Democratic Citizens Germany (DBD) Centrism Hans Peter Pflug
The Unity Interests of immigrants Andrej Bott
The Reformers Conservatism Paul Müller
Free Citizens Union (FBU) Centre-right liberalism Gisela Müller
Liberal Conservative Reformers (LKR) Conservatism, Economic liberalism Sven Wagner

Opinion polling[edit]

Publication date Poll source Cdu-logo.svg SPD logo.svg Die Linke logo.svg Piratenpartei Deutschland Logo.svg Bündnis 90 - Die Grünen Logo.svg FamilienPartei Logo2007.svg Logo der Freien Demokraten.svg Alternative-fuer-Deutschland-Logo-2013.svg Others Lead
26 Mar 2017 2017 election 40.7 29.6 12.9 0.7 4.0 0.8 3.3 6.2 1.9 11.1
23 Mar 2017 Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 37 32 12.5 4.5 4 6 4 5
22 Mar 2017 INSA 35 33 13 4 5 6 4 2
17 Mar 2017 Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 37 32 12 4 4 7 4 5
16 Mar 2017 Infratest dimap 35 34 13 4.5 3 6.5 4 1
9 Mar 2017 Forsa 34 33 13 5 4 6 5 1
7 Mar 2017 INSA 36 33 12 4 4 7 4 3
26 Jan 2017 Infratest dimap 38 26 14 5 4 9 4 12
13 Jan 2017 INSA 35 24 16 6 5 10 2 11
15 Nov 2016 Forsa 37 26 15 6 3 9 4 11
11 May 2016 Infratest dimap 34 29 12 7 4 11 3 5
31 Mar 2015 Infratest dimap 40 33 10 1 6 2 4 4 7
25 May 2014 EU Parliament election 34.9 34.4 6.6 1.7 6.0 1.5 2.2 6.8 5.9 0.5
14 May 2014 Infratest dimap 37 34 13 2 5 5 4 3
22 Sep 2013 Federal Election 37.8 31.0 10.0 2.6 5.7 1.2 3.8 5.2 3.9 5.6
7 May 2013 Infratest dimap 39 36 10 2 6 2 3 2 3
25 Mar 2012 2012 election 35.2 30.6 16.1 7.4 5.0 1.7 1.2 4.4 4.6
Preferred Minister-President
Publication date Poll source Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer 2 par Claude Truong-Ngoc janvier 2015.jpg
Kramp-Karrenbauer
2017-03-19 Anke Rehlinger SPD Parteitag by Olaf Kosinsky-3.jpg
Rehlinger
2017-03-26 Heiko Maas by Sandro Halank–4.jpg
Maas
None
23 Mar 2017 Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 53.0 34.0 13.0
17 Mar 2017 Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 55.0 31.0 14.0
16 Mar 2017 Infratest dimap 51.0 32.0 7.0
26 Jan 2017 Infratest dimap 60.0 23.0 9.0
15 Nov 2016 Forsa 54.0 19.0
11 May 2016 Infratest dimap 59.0 26.0 10.0
31 Mar 2015 Infratest dimap 62.0 18.0 9.0
14 May 2014 Infratest dimap 53.0 35.0 6.0
7 May 2013 Infratest dimap 53.0 36.0 7.0

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian Democratic Union 217,275 40.7 24 +5
Social Democratic Party 157,841 29.6 17 0
The Left 68,566 12.9 7 –2
Alternative for Germany 32,935 6.2 3 New
Alliance '90/The Greens 21,392 4.0 0 –2
Free Democratic Party 17,419 3.3 0 0
Family Party 4,433 0.8 0 0
Pirate Party 3,979 0.7 0 –4
National Democratic Party 3,744 0.7 0 0
Free Voters 2,146 0.4 0 0
Liberal Conservative Reformers 1,179 0.2 0 New
The Reformers 883 0.2 0 New
Unity 872 0.2 0 New
Democratic Citizens of Germany 539 0.1 0 New
Basic Income Alliance 286 0.1 0 New
Free Citizens Union 51 0.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 6,561
Total 540,091 100 51 0
Registered voters/turnout 774,947 69.69
Source: Wahlrecht

Reactions and aftermath[edit]

Pre-election polls suggested a close contest between the CDU and SPD, but the CDU surprised observers by exceeding pre-vote predictions.[7] After the election, several commentators described the results as a boost for the September 2017 electoral prospects of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CDU,[8][9][10] and as a setback for SPD leader Martin Schulz.[11]

As both the CDU and SPD refused to coalition with AfD, the CDU and SPD coalition reached an agreement to continue governing together after the election.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The party leader: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, cdu-saar.de (German)
  2. ^ Election dates in Germany, wahlrecht.de (German)
  3. ^ Vor dem Wahlkampf: Elefantenrunde ohne Berührungsängste, Saarbrücker Zeitung (German), 13 February 2016
  4. ^ Kramp-Karrenbauer für Fortsetzung der großen Koalition im Saarland, focus.de (German), 2 Oct 2014
  5. ^ Die „rote Charlotte“ hält sich bereit, Frankfurter Allgemeine (German), 29 May 2015
  6. ^ Merkel's party wins German state election, AlJazeera (English), 25 March 2012
  7. ^ Delcker, Janosch (27 March 2017). "Merkel: Embracing 'Grand Coalition' Helped Us Win Saarland". Politico. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  8. ^ Chase, Jefferson (27 March 2017). "Merkel's CDU Savors Local Election Win". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  9. ^ Carrel, Paul; Erdem, Hakan (26 March 2017). "Merkel's Conservatives Win Saarland Vote in Boost for National Campaign". Reuters. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  10. ^ Smale, Alison (26 March 2017). "Angela Merkel's Re-election Bid Is Buoyed by Widely Watched State Election". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  11. ^ Carrel, Paul (27 March 2017). "Germany's 'Schulz Effect' Fails to Deliver in First Election Test". U.S. News & World Report (from Reuters). Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/saarland-cdu-und-spd-unterschreiben-koalitionsvertrag/19809446.html