Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol provincial elections, 2008
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The Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol provincial elections of 2008 took place on 26 October 2008 in South Tyrol and on 9 November in the Trentino. It was the first time since 1946 that elections were not held on the same day.
In Trentino, where the President is elected directly by the people, incumbent Lorenzo Dellai (Union for Trentino, supported also by the Democratic Party, the Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party, the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats, the Greens and Democrats of Trentino, Loyal to Trentino, Italy of Values, and the Ladin Autonomist Union) defeated Sergio Divina (Lega Nord Trentino, supported also by The People of Freedom, Divina Civic List, Popular Autonomists, United Valleys, Fassa Association, Pensioners' Party, The Right, Tricolour Flame and other minor parties) by a landslide.
The Democratic Party (PD) became the largest party in the Province, followed by Union for Trentino (UpT) and Lega Nord Trentino (LNT). The People of Freedom (PdL) lost many votes to LNT, UPT and the Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party (PATT). In fact both UpT and PATT were centrist parties, running strong campaigns at the provincial level.
|Candidates and parties||votes||votes (%)||seats|
|Union for Trentino||49,077||17.9||6|
|Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party||23,335||8.5||3|
|Greens and Democrats of Trentino||7,579||2.8||1|
|Italy of Values||7,474||2.7||1|
|Loyal to Trentino||6,435||2.4||-|
|Ladin Autonomist Union||3,205||1.2||1|
|Lega Nord Trentino||38,533||14.7||6|
|The People of Freedom||33,597||12.3||5|
|Divina Civic List||11,831||4.3||1|
|Youth for Trentino||2,716||1.0||-|
|Democrats for Trentino||5,653||2.0||-|
|Communist Refoundation Party–SD||3,190||1.2||-|
Source: Province of Trento
In South Tyrol the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP), which had governed the Province for sixty years, was confirmed by far as the largest party, but lost many votes to Die Freiheitlichen. Also South Tyrolean Freedom (a splinter group from Union for South Tyrol) and Lega Nord Alto Adige/Südtirol (LNST) made gains, while The People of Freedom (PdL), the Democratic Party (PD) and the Greens all lost votes and seats.
|South Tyrolean People's Party||146,545||48.1||18|
|The People of Freedom||25,294||8.3||3|
|South Tyrolean Freedom||14,888||4.9||2|
|Union for South Tyrol||7,048||2.3||1|
|Lega Nord Alto Adige/Südtirol||6,411||2.1||1|
|Italy of Values||5,009||1.6||-|
|Union of Christian and Centre Democrats||3,792||1.2||-|
|Ladins Political Movement||3,334||1.1||-|
|Communist Refoundation Party–PS–SD||2,226||0.7||-|
|Party of Italian Communists||1,262||0.4||-|
Source: Province of Bolzano
- Excluded from the race, the UDC endorsed Dellai and the UpT.