2005 Schleswig-Holstein state election

The Schleswig-Holstein state election, 2005, was conducted on 20 February 2005, to elect members to the Landtag (state legislature) of Schleswig-Holstein.

2005 Schleswig-Holstein state election

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All 69 seats of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein
  First party Second party Third party
  PeterHarryCarstenseninHH03102008.jpg 1651 Heide Simonis.JPG Wolfgang Kubicki.jpg
Leader Peter Harry Carstensen Heide Simonis Wolfgang Kubicki
Party CDU SPD FDP
Last election 33 41 7
Seats won 30 29 4
Seat change Decrease3 Decrease12 Decrease3
Popular vote 576,095 554,879 94,935
Percentage 40.2% 38.7% 6.6%
Swing Increase5.0% Decrease4.4% Decrease1.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Spoorendonk.jpg
Leader Anne Lütkes Anke Spoorendonk
Party Green SSW
Last election 5 3
Seats won 4 2
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease1
Popular vote 89,387 51,920
Percentage 6.2% 3.6%
Swing Steady0% Decrease0.5%

Minister-President before election

Heide Simonis
SPD

Elected Minister-President

Peter Harry Carstensen
CDU

Seat results — SPD in red, Greens in green, SSW in blue, FDP in yellow, CDU in black

Issues and campaignEdit

Surveys before the election indicated that most voters considered high unemployment in Germany and Schleswig-Holstein to be the key issue of the campaign. Pre-election polls indicated that the personal popularity of Heide Simonis was still high, though, and that the SPD-Green coalition would continue to have the support of a plurality of voters. However, the unpopularity of the national SPD and the Hartz IV reforms appear to have taken a toll.

ResultsEdit

The announced results are as follows.[1] Note that there is a considerable reduction in the number of Landtag seats.

Political Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change) Seat percentage
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 554,844 38.7% -4.4% 29 -12 42.0%
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 576,100 40.2% +5.0% 30 -3 43.5%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 94,920 6.6% -1.0% 4 -3 5.8%
Alliance '90/The Greens 89,330 6.2% +0.0% 4 -1 5.8%
South Schleswig Voter Federation (SSW) 51,901 3.6% -0.5% 2 -1 2.9%
National Democratic Party (NPD) 27,656 1.9% +0.9% 0 +0 0.0%
Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) 11,376 0.8% -0.6% 0 +0 0.0%
Family 11,774 0.8% +0.8% 0 +0 0.0%
Grays 7,523 0.5% +0.3% 0 +0 0.0%
All Others 9,203 0.6% -0.5% 0 +0 0.0%
Totals 1,434,627 100.0%   69 -20 100.0%

Post-electionEdit

After the election, the SPD-Green coalition no longer commanded a majority of the Landtag. The SSW announced that although it would not enter a coalition, it saw more common ground with the SPD than the CDU. Premier Heide Simonis proceeded to form an SPD-Green coalition based on an agreement with the SSW backing it.

On March 17, 2005, Simonis failed to win a Landtag vote for the premiership, with the secret ballot tying 34-34. It is not known who the abstainer was, though it is widely believed to have been a representative of her own party. Since the SPD-Green coalition had fallen with her leadership, the SPD was forced to negotiate a grand coalition with the CDU, acceding to the CDU's demand that CDU leader Peter Harry Carstensen replace Simonis as Minister-president.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Endgültiges Ergebnis der 2009er Landtagswahl in Schleswig-Holstein" (PDF) (in German). Landeswahlleiter. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2012-05-05.[permanent dead link]