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2017 Saarland State Election
2017 Saarland state election

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All 51 seats in the Landtag of Saarland
26 seats needed for a majority
Turnout533,783 (69.7%)
Increase 8.1%
  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 Increase 5 Steady 0
Popular vote 217,263 158,057
Percentage 40.7% 29.6%
Swing Increase 5.5% Decrease 1.0%

  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% Did not exist
Seats won 7 3
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 3
Popular vote 68,566 32,971
Percentage 12.8% 6.2%
Swing Decrease 3.3% New party

The 2017 Saarland state election was held on 26 March 2017 to elect the members of the Landtag of Saarland.[2][3] The incumbent grand coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Minister-President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was returned with an increased majority.[4][5]

Background

The 2012 state election was called after the collapse of the Jamaica coalition of the CDU, Free Democratic Party (FDP) and The Greens. The election saw the collapse of the FDP, a downswing for The Left and Greens, gains for the SPD, and the entry of the Pirates. Afterwards, the CDU and SPD formed a grand coalition.[6]

Parties

The table below lists parties represented in the previous Landtag of Saarland.

Name Ideology Leader(s) 2012 result
Votes (%) Seats
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christian democracy Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer 35.2%
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Social democracy Anke Rehlinger 30.6%
Linke The Left
Die Linke
Democratic socialism Oskar Lafontaine 16.1%
Piraten Pirate Party Germany
Piratenpartei Deutschland
Pirate politics Gerd Rainer Weber 7.4%
Grüne Alliance 90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Green politics Hubert Ulrich
Barbara Meyer-Gluche
5.0%

Opinion polling

Party polling

Publication date Poll source Cdu-logo.svg SPD logo.svg Die Linke logo.svg Piratenpartei Deutschland Logo 01.svg Bündnis 90 - Die Grünen Logo.svg Logo der Freien Demokraten.svg Alternative-fuer-Deutschland-Logo-2013.svg Others Lead
26 March 2017 2017 state election 40.7 29.6 12.9 0.7 4.0 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
14 May 2014 Infratest dimap 37 34 13 2 5 - 5 4 3
7 May 2013 Infratest dimap 39 36 10 2 6 2 3 2 3
25 March 2012 2012 state election 35.2 30.6 16.1 7.4 5.0 1.2 - 4.4 4.6

Minister-President polling

Publication date Poll source Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer 2 par Claude Truong-Ngoc janvier 2015.jpg 2017-03-19 Anke Rehlinger SPD Parteitag by Olaf Kosinsky-3.jpg 2017-03-26 Heiko Maas by Sandro Halank-4.jpg None
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
CDU
Anke Rehlinger
SPD
Heiko Maas
SPD
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

Election result

Summary of the 26 March 2017 election results for the Landtag of Saarland
SL Landtagswahl 2017.svg
Party Votes % +/- Seats +/- Seats %
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 217,263 40.7 Increase5.5 24 Increase5 47.1
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 158,057 29.6 Decrease1.0 17 Steady0 33.3
The Left (Linke) 68,566 12.8 Decrease3.3 7 Decrease2 13.7
Alternative for Germany (AfD) 32,971 6.2 New 3 New 5.9
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) 21,392 4.0 Decrease1.0 0 Decrease2 0
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 17,419 3.3 Increase2.1 0 ±0 0
Family Party of Germany (FAMILIE) 4,435 0.8 Decrease0.9 0 ±0 0
Pirate Party (Piraten) 3,979 0.7 Decrease6.7 0 Decrease4 0
National Democratic Party (NPD) 3,744 0.7 Decrease0.5 0 ±0 0
Others 5,957 1.1 0 ±0 0
Total 533,783 100.0 51 ±0
Voter turnout 69.7 Increase8.1
Popular Vote
CDU
40.70%
SPD
29.61%
DIE LINKE
12.85%
AfD
6.18%
B'90/GRÜNE
4.01%
FDP
3.26%
Other
1.12%
Landtag seats
CDU
47.06%
SPD
33.33%
DIE LINKE
12.73%
AfD
5.88%

Outcome

Observers were surprised by the CDU's strong performance, as opinion polls predicted a close contest between the CDU and SPD.[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

  1. ^ The party leader: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Archived 2016-03-02 at the Wayback Machine, 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 2017.
  8. ^ Chase, Jefferson (27 March 2017). "Merkel's CDU Savors Local Election Win". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Carrel, Paul; Erdem, Hakan (26 March 2017). "Merkel's Conservatives Win Saarland Vote in Boost for National Campaign". Reuters. Retrieved 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 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 2017.
  12. ^ "Saarland: CDU und SPD unterschreiben Koalitionsvertrag".

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