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The 2019 Spanish general election was held on Sunday, 28 April 2019, to elect the 13th Cortes Generales of the Kingdom of Spain. All 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies were up for election, as well as 208 of 266 seats in the Senate.

2019 Spanish general election

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All 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies and 208 (of 266) seats in the Senate
176 seats needed for a majority in the Congress of Deputies
Opinion polls
Registered36,893,976 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.0%[1]
Turnout26,361,051 (75.8%)[a]
Green Arrow Up Darker.svg9.3 pp
Reporting
99.99%
as of 02:15, 29 April 2019 GMT
  First party Second party Third party
  Pedro Sánchez 2019b (cropped).jpg Pablo Casado 2019b (cropped).jpg Albert Rivera 2019 (cropped).jpg
Leader Pedro Sánchez Pablo Casado Albert Rivera
Party PSOE PP Cs
Leader since 18 June 2017 21 July 2018 9 July 2006
Leader's seat Madrid Madrid Madrid
Last election 85 seats, 22.6% 135 seats, 32.6%[c] 32 seats, 13.0%[b]
Seats won 123 66 57
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg38 Red Arrow Down.svg69 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg25
Popular vote 7,480,755 4,356,023 4,136,600
Percentage 28.7% 16.7% 15.9%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6.1 pp Red Arrow Down.svg15.9 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.9 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Pablo Iglesias 2019 (cropped).jpg Santiago Abascal 2015b (cropped).jpg Oriol Junqueras 2016b (cropped).jpg
Leader Pablo Iglesias Santiago Abascal Oriol Junqueras[d]
Party Unidas Podemos Vox ERC–Sobiranistes
Leader since 15 November 2014 20 September 2014 7 March 2019
Leader's seat Madrid Madrid Barcelona
Last election 71 seats, 21.2% 0 seats, 0.2% 9 seats, 2.6%
Seats won 42 24 15
Seat change Red Arrow Down.svg29 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg24 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6
Popular vote 3,732,929 2,677,173 1,019,558
Percentage 14.3% 10.3% 3.9%
Swing Red Arrow Down.svg6.9 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg10.1 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.3 pp

2019 Spanish election - Results.svg
Constituency results map for the Congress of Deputies

Prime Minister before election

Pedro Sánchez
PSOE

Elected Prime Minister

TBD

Following the 2016 election, the People's Party (PP) formed a minority government with confidence and supply support from Ciudadanos (Cs) and Canarian Coalition (CC), allowed by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) abstaining in Mariano Rajoy's investiture after a party crisis resulted in the ousting of Pedro Sánchez as leader. The PP's term of office was undermined by a constitutional crisis over the Catalan issue,[2] the result of a regional election held thereafter,[3] coupled with corruption scandals and protests with thousands of retirees demanding pension increases.[4] In May 2018, the National Court found in the Gürtel case that since 1989 the PP had profited from the kickbacks-for-contracts scheme and confirmed the existence of an illegal accounting and financing structure kept separate from the party's official accounts. Sánchez, who was re-elected as PSOE leader in a leadership contest in 2017, brought down Rajoy's government in June 2018 through a motion of no confidence.[5][6][7][8] Rajoy resigned as PP leader[9][10] and was succeeded by Pablo Casado.[11]

Presiding over a minority government of 84 deputies, Pedro Sánchez struggled to maintain a working majority in the Congress with the support of the parties which had backed the no confidence motion. The 2018 Andalusian regional election which saw a sudden and strong rise of the far-right Vox party resulted in the PSOE losing the regional government for the first time in history to a PP–Cs–Vox alliance. After the 2019 General State Budget was voted down by the Congress of Deputies on 13 February 2019 as a result of Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT) siding against the government, Sánchez called a snap election to be held on 28 April, one month ahead of the Super Sunday of local, regional, and European Parliament elections scheduled for 26 May.[12][13] The Valencian regional election was scheduled for 28 April in order for it to take place on the same date as the general election.[14]

Under a high turnout of 75.8%[a], the ruling PSOE of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez won a victory—the first for the party in a nationwide election in eleven years—with 28.7% of the vote and 123 seats, an improvement of 38 over its previous mark which mostly came at the expense of left-wing Unidas Podemos.[15] The PP under Casado received its worst result in history after being reduced to 66 seats and 16.7% of the vote in what was dubbed the worst electoral setback for a major Spanish party since the collapse of the UCD in 1982.[16] Cs saw an increase of support which brought them within 0.8 points and 9 seats from the PP, overcoming them in several major regions throughout the country. The far-right Vox party entered Congress for the first time, but it failed to fulfill expectations by scoring 10.3% of the vote and 24 seats. The three-way split of the right-of-centre vote not only ended any chance of an Andalusian-inspired right-wing alliance, but it also ensured that Sánchez's PSOE would be the only party that could realistically form a government.[17][18]

Contents

OverviewEdit

BackgroundEdit

The June 2016 general election had resulted in the People's Party (PP) gaining votes and seats relative to its result in the December 2015 election and a round of coalition talks throughout the summer saw Mariano Rajoy obtaining the support of Ciudadanos (C's) and Canarian Coalition (CC) for his investiture, but this was still not enough to assure him re-election. Criticism of Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez for his electoral results and his stance opposing Rajoy's investiture, said to be a contributing factor to the country's political deadlock, reached boiling point after poor PSOE showings in the Basque and Galician elections.[19] A party crisis ensued, seeing Sánchez being ousted and a caretaker committee being appointed by party rebels led by Susana Díaz, who subsequently set out to abstain in Rajoy's investiture and allow a PP minority government to be formed, preventing a third election in a row from taking place.[20][21][22][23] Díaz's bid to become new party leader was defeated by party members in a party primary in May 2017, with Sánchez being voted again into office under a campaign aimed at criticising the PSOE's abstention in Rajoy's investiture.

Concurrently, the incumbent PP cabinet found itself embroiled in a string of political scandals which had seen the political demise of former Madrid premier Esperanza Aguirre—amid claims of a massive financial corruption plot staged by former protegés—as well as accusations of judicial meddling and political cover-up.[24][25][26][27] This prompted left-wing Unidos Podemos to table a no-confidence motion on Mariano Rajoy in June 2017.[28][29] While the motion was voted down due to a lack of support from other opposition parties, it revealed the parliamentary weakness of Rajoy's government as abstentions and favourable votes combined amounted to 179, to just 170 MPs rejecting it.[30][31]

Pressure on the Spanish government increased after a major constitutional crisis over the issue of an illegal independence referendum unravelled in Catalonia. Initial actions from the Parliament of Catalonia to approve two bills supporting a referendum and a legal framework for an independent Catalan state were suspended by the Constitutional Court of Spain. The government's crackdown on referendum preparations—which included police searches, raids and arrests of Catalan government officials as well as an intervention into Catalan finances—sparked public outcry and protests accusing the PP government of "anti-democratic and totalitarian" repression.[32][33][34] The Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence from Spain,[35] which resulted in the Spanish Senate enforcing Article 155 of the Constitution to remove the regional authorities and impose direct rule.[36][2][37] Carles Puigdemont and part of his cabinet fled to Belgium after being ousted, facing charges of sedition, rebellion and embezzlement.[38][39][40] Rajoy immediately dissolved the Catalan parliament and called a regional election for 21 December 2017,[41] but it left his PP severely mauled as Cs capitalised on anti-independence support in the region.[3]

The scale of PP's collapse in Catalonia and the success of Cs had an impact on national politics, with Ciudadanos rising to first place nationally in subsequent opinion polls, endangering PP's stand as the hegemonic party within the Spanish centre-right spectrum.[42][43][44][45] Massive protests by pensioners groups, long regarded as a key component of the PP's electoral base, demanding pension increases,[4] further undermining the PP's standing.

On 24 May 2018, the National Court found that the PP profited from the illegal kickbacks-for-contracts scheme of the Gürtel case, confirming the existence of an illegal accounting and financing structure that had run in parallel with the party's official one since 1989 and ruling that the PP helped establish "a genuine and effective system of institutional corruption through the manipulation of central, autonomous and local public procurement".[5] This event prompted the PSOE to submit a motion of no confidence in Rajoy and in Cs withdrawing its support from the government and demanding the immediate calling of an early election.[6][7] An absolute majority of 180 MPs in the Congress of Deputies voted to oust Mariano Rajoy from power on 1 June 2018, replaced him as Prime Minister with PSOE's Pedro Sánchez.[8] On 5 June, Rajoy announced his farewell from politics and his return to his position as property registrar in Santa Pola,[9][10][46] vacating his seat in the Congress of Deputies and triggering a leadership contest in which the party's Vice Secretary-General of Communication Pablo Casado defeated former Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and became new PP president on 21 July 2018.[47][11]

For most of his government, Sánchez was reliant on confidence and supply support from Unidos Podemos and New Canaries (NCa), negotiating additional support from Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT) and Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) on an issue-by-issue basis. ERC, PDeCAT and En Marea withdrew their support from the government in February 2019 by voting down the 2019 General State Budget, with the government losing the vote 191–158 and prompting a snap election being called for 28 April.[48]

Electoral systemEdit

The Spanish Cortes Generales were envisaged as an imperfect bicameral system. The Congress of Deputies had greater legislative power than the Senate, having the ability to vote confidence in or withdraw it from a Prime Minister and to override Senate vetoes by an absolute majority of votes. Nonetheless, the Senate possessed a few exclusive, yet limited in number functions—such as its role in constitutional amendment—which are not subject to the Congress' override.[49][50] Voting for the Cortes Generales was on the basis of universal suffrage which comprised all nationals over eighteen and in full enjoyment of their political rights.[51] Additionally, Spaniards abroad were required to apply for voting before being permitted to vote, a system known as "begged" or expat vote (Spanish: Voto rogado).[52]

For the Congress of Deputies, 348 seats were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 3 percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied in each constituency. Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution. Additionally, the use of the D'Hondt method might result in an effective threshold over three percent, depending on the district magnitude.[53] Seats were allocated to constituencies, corresponding to the provinces of Spain. Each constituency was entitled to an initial minimum of two seats, with the remaining 248 allocated among the constituencies in proportion to their populations. Ceuta and Melilla were allocated the two remaining seats which were elected using plurality voting.[49][54][55][56]

For the Senate, 208 seats were elected using an open list partial block voting, with electors voting for individual candidates instead of parties. In constituencies electing four seats, electors could vote for up to three candidates; in those with two or three seats, for up to two candidates; and for one candidate in single-member districts. Each of the 47 peninsular provinces was allocated four seats, whereas for insular provinces, such as the Balearic and Canary Islands, districts were the islands themselves, with the larger—Majorca, Gran Canaria and Tenerife—being allocated three seats each and the smaller—Menorca, IbizaFormentera, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, El Hierro, Lanzarote and La Palma—one each. Ceuta and Melilla elected two seats each. Additionally, autonomous communities could appoint at least one senator each and were entitled to one additional senator per each million inhabitants.[49][54][55][56]

The electoral law provided that parties, federations, coalitions and groupings of electors were allowed to present lists of candidates. However, parties, federations or coalitions that had not obtained a mandate in either House of Parliament at the preceding election were required to secure the signature of at least 0.1 percent of the electors registered in the constituency for which they sought election, whereas groupings of electors were required to secure the signature of 1 percent of electors. Electors were barred from signing for more than one list of candidates. Concurrently, parties and federations intending to enter in coalition to take part jointly at an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days of the election being called.[54][56] After the experience of the 2015–2016 political deadlock leading to the June 2016 election and the possibility of a third election being needed, the electoral law was amended in order to introduce a special, simplified process for election re-runs, including a shortening of deadlines, the lifting of signature requirements if these had been already met for the immediately previous election and the possibility of maintaining lists and coalitions without needing to go through pre-election procedures again.

Election dateEdit

 
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announcing a snap election for 28 April 2019

The term of each House of the Cortes Generales—the Congress and the Senate—expired four years from the date of their previous election, unless they were dissolved earlier. The election Decree was required to be issued no later than the twenty-fifth day prior to the date of expiry of the Cortes in the event that the Prime Minister did not make use of his prerogative of early dissolution. The Decree was to be published on the following day in the Official State Gazette, with election day taking place on the fifty-fourth day from publication. The previous election was held on 26 June 2016, which meant that the legislature's term would expire on 26 June 2020. The election Decree was required to be published no later than 2 June 2020, with the election taking place on the fifty-fourth day from publication, setting the latest possible election date for the Cortes Generales on Sunday, 26 July 2020.[54][56]

The Prime Minister had the prerogative to dissolve both Houses at any given time—either jointly or separately—and call a snap election, provided that no motion of no confidence was in process, no state of emergency was in force and that dissolution did not occur before one year had elapsed since the previous one. Additionally, both Houses were to be dissolved and a new election called if an investiture process failed to elect a Prime Minister within a two-month period from the first ballot.[49][55] Barred this exception, there was no constitutional requirement for simultaneous elections for the Congress and the Senate, there being no precedent of separate elections and with governments having long preferred that elections for the two Houses take place simultaneously.

After the 2019 General State Budget was voted down by the Congress of Deputies on 13 February 2019, it was confirmed that Sánchez would call a snap election, with the specific date to be announced following a Council of Ministers meeting on 15 February.[57][58][59] Sánchez confirmed 28 April as the election date in an institutional statement following the Council of Ministers, with the Cortes Generales being subsequently dissolved on 5 March.[60]

Status at dissolutionEdit

The Cortes Generales were officially dissolved on 5 March 2019, after the publication of the dissolution Decree in the Official State Gazette.[61] The tables below show the status of the parliamentary groups in both chambers at the time of dissolution.[62][63]

Congress of Deputies
Parliamentary group Deputies
People's Group in the Congress 137
Socialist Group 84[e]
UP–ECP–Marea Confederal Group 67[f]
Citizens Group 32
Republican Left Group 9
PNV Basque Group 5
Mixed Group 16[g]
Total 350
 
Senate
Parliamentary group Senators
People's Group in the Senate 147[h]
Socialist Group 60[i]
Podemos Group 20[j]
Republican Left Group 12
PNV Basque Group in the Senate 6
Nationalist Senators Group 6[k]
Mixed Group 15[l]
Total 266

TimetableEdit

The key dates are listed below (all times are CET. Note that the Canary Islands use WET (UTC+0) instead):[54][56][64]

  • 4 March: The election Decree is issued with the countersign of the Prime Minister after deliberation in the Council of Ministers, ratified by the King.[61]
  • 5 March: Formal dissolution of the Cortes Generales and beginning of a suspension period of events for the inauguration of public works, services or projects.[54]
  • 8 March: Initial constitution of Provincial and Zone Electoral Commissions.
  • 15 March: Deadline for parties and federations intending to enter into a coalition to inform the relevant Electoral Commission.
  • 25 March: Deadline for parties, federations, coalitions, and groupings of electors to present lists of candidates to the relevant Electoral Commission.
  • 27 March: Submitted lists of candidates are provisionally published in the Official State Gazette.
  • 30 March: Deadline for citizens entered in the Register of Absent Electors Residing Abroad and for citizens temporarily absent from Spain to apply for voting.
  • 31 March: Deadline for parties, federations, coalitions, and groupings of electors to rectify irregularities in their lists.
  • 1 April: Official proclamation of valid submitted lists of candidates.
  • 2 April: Proclaimed lists are published in the Official State Gazette.
  • 12 April: Official start of electoral campaigning.
  • 18 April: Deadline to apply for postal voting.
  • 23 April: Official start of legal ban on publication of electoral opinion polling, dissemination or reproduction and deadline for citizens entered in the Register of Absent Electors Residing Abroad to vote by mail.
  • 24 April: Deadline for postal and temporarily absent voters to issue their votes.
  • 26 April: Last day of official electoral campaigning and deadline for citizens entered in the Register of Absent Electors Residing Abroad to vote in a ballot box in the relevant Consular Office or Division.
  • 27 April: Official 24-hour ban on political campaigning prior to the general election (reflection day).
  • 28 April: Polling day (polling stations open at 9 am and close at 8 pm or once voters present in a queue at/outside the polling station at 8 pm have cast their vote). Provisional counting of votes starts immediately.
  • 1 May: General counting of votes, including the counting of votes made overseas.
  • 4 May: Deadline for the general counting of votes to be carried out by the relevant Electoral Commission.
  • 13 May: Deadline for elected members to be proclaimed by the relevant Electoral Commission.
  • 23 May: Deadline for both chambers of the Cortes Generales to be re-assembled (the election Decree determines this date which for the 2019 election was set for 21 May).[61]
  • 22 June: Final deadline for definitive results to be published in the Official State Gazette.

Parties and alliancesEdit

Below is a list of the main parties and electoral alliances which will contest the election:

Party or alliance Candidate Ideology Refs
People's Party (PP)
  Pablo Casado Conservatism
Christian democracy
[65]
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
  Pedro Sánchez Social democracy
  Pablo Iglesias Left-wing populism
Democratic socialism
[66]
[67]
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (Cs)   Albert Rivera Liberalism
Republican Left of Catalonia–Sovereigntists (ERC–Sobiranistes)
  Oriol Junqueras[d] Catalan independence
Social democracy
Democratic socialism
[68]
[69]
Together for Catalonia–Together (JxCat–Junts)
  Jordi Sànchez[d] Catalan independence
Liberalism
[71]
[72]
[73]
Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ/PNV)   Aitor Esteban Basque nationalism
Christian democracy
Conservative liberalism
Commitment Coalition (Compromís)
  Joan Baldoví Valencian nationalism
Eco-socialism
[74]
Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu)
  Oskar Matute Basque independence
Left-wing nationalism
Canarian Coalition–Canarian Nationalist Party (CCa–PNC)
  Ana Oramas Regionalism
Canarian nationalism
Centrism
[75]
New Canaries (NCa)   Pedro Quevedo Canarian nationalism
Social democracy
[76]
Vox (Vox)   Santiago Abascal Right-wing populism
Ultranationalism
Neoliberalism

Two opposing coalitions were formed in Navarre at different levels: for the Senate, Geroa Bai, EH Bildu, Podemos and Izquierda-Ezkerra re-created the Cambio-Aldaketa alliance under which they had already contested the 2015 Spanish general election.[77] Concurrently, UPN, Cs and PP formed the Navarra Suma alliance for both Congress and Senate elections.[78] In Galicia, En Marea, the former Podemos–EUAnova alliance which had been constituted as a party in 2016, broke away from the creator parties and announced that it would contest the election on its own.[79][80] Podemos, EU and Equo in Galicia formed a regional branch for the Unidas Podemos alliance branded En Común–Unidas Podemos[81] whereas Anova chose to step out from the election race.[82] In the Balearic Islands, an alliance was formed for the Congress election by More for Majorca (Més), More for Menorca (MpM), Now Eivissa (Ara Eivissa) and Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), named Veus Progressistes;[83] for the Senate election, the alliance was styled as Unidas Podemos Veus Progressistes and included Podemos and IU.[84]

Campaign periodEdit

Party slogansEdit

Party or alliance Original slogan English translation Refs
PP « Valor seguro » "Safe asset" [85]
PSOE « La España que quieres / ❤ »[n]
« Haz que pase » & « Estamos muy cerca »
"The Spain you want / ❤"
"Make it happen" & "We are very close"
[86]
[87][88]
Unidas Podemos « La historia la escribes tú » "You write history" [89]
Cs « ¡Vamos Ciudadanos! » "Let's go Citizens!" [90]
ERC–Sobiranistes « Va de llibertat » "It's about freedom" [91]
JxCat–Junts « Tu ets la nostra força. Tu ets la nostra veu » "You are our strength. You are our voice" [92]
EAJ/PNV « Nos mueve Euskadi. Zurea, gurea » "The Basque Country moves us. What's yours is ours" [93]
Compromís « Imparables » "Unstoppable" [94]
EH Bildu « Erabaki. Para avanzar » "Decide. To make progress" [95]
Vox « Por España » "For Spain" [96]

Leaders' debatesEdit

2019 Spanish general election debates
Date Organisers Moderator(s)     P  Present    S  Surrogate    NI  Non-invitee   A  Absent invitee 
PP PSOE UP Cs ERC JxCat PNV Vox Audience Refs
17 March laSexta
(El Objetivo)[o]
Ana Pastor P
Lacalle
P
Saura
P
Álvarez
P
Roldán
NI NI NI NI 4.5%
(758,000)
[97]
[98]
8 April El Confidencial Isabel Morillo
Paloma Esteban
P
Uriarte
P
MJ. Montero
P
I. Montero
P
Arrimadas
NI NI NI P
Monasterio
[99]
10 April Cuatro
(Todo es Mentira)
Risto Mejide S
Maroto
S
MJ. Montero
S
Vera
S
Cantó
NI NI NI A 6.2%
(735,000)
[100]
[101]
S
Maroto
S
MJ. Montero
S
Vera
S
Cantó
S
Rufián
S
Cuevillas
P
Esteban
A 7.2%
(736,000)
13 April laSexta
(La Sexta Noche)
Iñaki López P
Uriarte
P
MJ. Montero
P
I. Montero
P
Arrimadas
NI NI NI A 9.4%
(1,027,000)
[102]
[103]
16 April RTVE Xabier Fortes S
A. de Toledo
S
MJ. Montero
S
I. Montero
S
Arrimadas
S
Rufián
NI P
Esteban
NI 11.8%
(1,794,000)
[104]
[105]
20 April laSexta
(La Sexta Noche)
Iñaki López S
Egea
S
Sicilia
S
Garzón
S
Cantó
S
Rufián
S
Borràs
P
Esteban
NI 9.3%
(997,000)
[106]
[107]
22 April RTVE Xabier Fortes P
Casado
P
Sánchez
P
Iglesias
P
Rivera
NI NI NI NI 43.8%
(8,886,000)
[108]
[109]
23 April Atresmedia Ana Pastor
Vicente Vallés
P
Casado
P
Sánchez
P
Iglesias
P
Rivera
NI NI NI NI[p] 48.8%
(9,477,000)
[111]
[112]

Opinion pollsEdit

 
6-point average trend line of poll results from 26 June 2016 to 28 April 2019, with each line corresponding to a political party.
  PP
  PSOE
  Cs
  ERC
  PDeCAT
  PNV
  PACMA
  CC
  Vox
  JxCat

Voter turnoutEdit

The table below shows registered vote turnout on election day without including voters from the Census of Absent-Residents (CERA).

Region Time
14:00 18:00 20:00
2016 2019 2016 2019 2016 2019
Andalusia 37.60% 38.94% 50.25% 57.25% 68.16% 73.31%
Aragon 37.88% 44.65% 50.86% 62.32% 71.89% 77.62%
Asturias 34.70% 40.15% 50.84% 58.67% 68.19% 73.35%
Balearic Islands 34.48% 38.10% 47.05% 54.42% 62.58% 67.58%
Basque Country 36.05% 41.75% 51.36% 60.05% 67.44% 74.52%
Canary Islands 28.38% 30.72% 44.86% 51.00% 64.37% 68.14%
Cantabria 39.22% 43.12% 56.19% 63.65% 73.37% 78.09%
Castile and León 37.18% 41.80% 53.33% 62.00% 73.34% 78.24%
Castilla–La Mancha 38.92% 42.71% 52.44% 62.35% 72.94% 78.02%
Catalonia 32.31% 43.52% 46.38% 64.20% 65.60% 77.58%
Extremadura 39.48% 42.87% 51.40% 60.22% 70.45% 76.31%
Galicia 34.07% 36.97% 51.68% 58.93% 69.63% 73.97%
La Rioja 40.94% 44.76% 55.61% 61.62% 74.71% 78.11%
Madrid 39.01% 43.61% 54.48% 65.11% 74.26% 79.75%
Murcia 39.96% 43.41% 52.89% 61.85% 71.35% 75.69%
Navarre 38.03% 43.79% 51.77% 60.97% 70.58% 76.29%
Valencian Community 43.34% 45.87% 56.51% 61.67% 74.09% 76.34%
Ceuta 24.97% 30.47% 37.51% 48.84% 52.59% 63.97%
Melilla 21.82% 28.14% 34.32% 45.45% 51.35% 63.05%
Total 36.87% 41.49% 51.21% 60.76% 69.83% 75.75%
Sources[113]

ResultsEdit

Congress of DeputiesEdit

Summary of the 28 April 2019 Congress of Deputies election results
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 7,480,755 28.68 +6.05 123 +38
People's Party (PP)1 4,356,023 16.70 –15.87 66 –69
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (Cs)1 4,136,600 15.86 +2.88 57 +25
United We Can (Unidas Podemos) 3,732,929 14.31 –6.84 42 –29
United We Can (PodemosIUeQuo)2 3,118,191 11.95 –5.65 35 –24
In Common We Can–Let's Win the Change (ECP–Guanyem el Canvi) 614,738 2.36 –1.19 7 –5
Vox (Vox) 2,677,173 10.26 +10.06 24 +24
Republican Left of Catalonia–Sovereigntists (ERCSobiranistes) 1,019,558 3.91 +1.28 15 +6
Republican Left of Catalonia–Sovereigntists (ERCSobiranistes) 1,015,355 3.89 +1.26 15 +6
Republican Left of the Valencian Country (ERPV) 4,203 0.02 New 0 ±0
Together for Catalonia–Together (JxCat–Junts)3 497,638 1.91 –0.10 7 –1
Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ/PNV) 394,627 1.51 +0.32 6 +1
Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 326,045 1.25 +0.06 0 ±0
Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu) 258,840 0.99 +0.22 4 +2
Commitment: BlocInitiativeGreens Equo (Compromís 2019) 172,751 0.66 New 1 +1
Canarian Coalition–Canarian Nationalist Party (CCaPNC) 137,196 0.53 +0.20 2 +1
Free PeopleWe Are AlternativePirates: Republican Front (Front Republicà) 113,008 0.43 New 0 ±0
Sum Navarre (NA+)4 107,124 0.41 –0.12 2 ±0
Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) 93,810 0.36 +0.17 0 ±0
Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC) 52,197 0.20 New 1 +1
Zero CutsGreen Group (Recortes Cero–GV) 46,487 0.18 –0.04 0 ±0
New Canaries (NCa) 36,193 0.14 New 0 ±0
Act (PACT) 30,448 0.12 New 0 ±0
Progressive Voices (AraMésesquerra) 25,384 0.10 New 0 ±0
Yes to the Future (GBai) 22,150 0.08 +0.02 0 ±0
For a Fairer World (PUM+J) 21,711 0.08 New 0 ±0
En Masse (En Marea) 17,726 0.07 New 0 ±0
Communists (PCPE–PCPC–PCPA) 17,101 0.07 –0.04 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Workers of Spain (PCTE) 14,189 0.05 New 0 ±0
El Pi–Proposal for the Isles (El Pi) 11,671 0.04 New 0 ±0
Andalusia by Itself (AxSí) 11,485 0.04 New 0 ±0
Spanish Communist Workers' Party (PCOE) 9,094 0.03 +0.02 0 ±0
Forward–The Greens (Avant/Adelante–LV)5 7,251 0.03 +0.02 0 ±0
Blank Seats (EB) 7,128 0.03 –0.02 0 ±0
Coalition for Melilla (CpM) 6,890 0.03 New 0 ±0
We Are Region (Somos Región) 5,018 0.02 New 0 ±0
Humanist Party (PH) 4,435 0.02 +0.01 0 ±0
We Are Valencian in Movement (UiG–Som–CUIDES) 4,433 0.02 –0.01 0 ±0
Left in Positive (IZQP) 3,409 0.01 New 0 ±0
Canaries Now (ANCCNCUP)6 3,027 0.01 +0.01 0 ±0
Commitment to Galicia (CxG) 2,692 0.01 New 0 ±0
Sorian People's Platform (PPSO) 2,656 0.01 New 0 ±0
Convergents (CNV) 2,406 0.01 New 0 ±0
Regionalist Party of the Leonese Country (PREPAL) 2,135 0.01 +0.01 0 ±0
Extremadurans (CEx–CREx–PREx) 2,135 0.01 New 0 ±0
Riojan Party (PR+) 2,080 0.01 New 0 ±0
Libertarian Party (P–LIB) 1,250 0.00 –0.01 0 ±0
United Linares Independent Citizens (CILU–Linares) 1,079 0.00 New 0 ±0
Andecha Astur (AA) 909 0.00 New 0 ±0
Retirees Party for the Future. Dignity and Democracy ("JF") 872 0.00 New 0 ±0
Puyalón (PYLN) 824 0.00 New 0 ±0
Federation of Independents of Aragon (FIA) 803 0.00 ±0.00 0 ±0
Spanish Phalanx of the CNSO (FE–JONS) 641 0.00 –0.04 0 ±0
European Solidarity Action Party (Solidaria) 627 0.00 New 0 ±0
Feminism8 (F8) 566 0.00 New 0 ±0
Plural Democracy (DPL) 539 0.00 New 0 ±0
Regionalist Unity of Castile and León (URCL) 483 0.00 New 0 ±0
Centered (centrados) 458 0.00 New 0 ±0
Public Defense Organization (ODP) 308 0.00 New 0 ±0
Living Ourense (VOU) 303 0.00 New 0 ±0
European Retirees Social Democratic Party–Centre Unity (PDSJE–UdeC) 276 0.00 New 0 ±0
Revolutionary Anticapitalist Left (IZAR) 253 0.00 ±0.00 0 ±0
Andalusian Solidary Independent Republican Party (RISA) 188 0.00 New 0 ±0
XXI Convergence (C21) 69 0.00 New 0 ±0
Death to the System (+MAS+) 46 0.00 New 0 ±0
Union of Everyone (UdT) 28 0.00 ±0.00 0 ±0
Blank ballots 199,511 0.76 +0.02
Total 26,085,641 350 ±0
Valid votes 26,085,641 98.96 –0.11
Invalid votes 275,410 1.04 +0.11
Votes cast / turnout 26,361,051 75.75 +9.27
Abstentions
Registered voters 36,893,976
Sources[114][115]
Popular vote
PSOE
28.68%
PP
16.70%
Cs
15.86%
Unidas Podemos
14.31%
Vox
10.26%
ERC–Sob.
3.91%
JxCat–Junts
1.91%
EAJ/PNV
1.51%
PACMA
1.25%
EH Bildu
0.99%
Compromís 2019
0.66%
CCa–PNC
0.53%
NA+
0.41%
PRC
0.20%
Others
2.06%
Blank ballots
0.76%
Seats
PSOE
35.14%
PP
18.86%
Cs
16.29%
Unidas Podemos
12.00%
Vox
6.86%
ERC–Sob.
4.29%
JxCat–Junts
2.00%
EAJ/PNV
1.71%
EH Bildu
1.14%
CCa–PNC
0.57%
NA+
0.57%
Compromís 2019
0.29%
PRC
0.29%

SenateEdit

Summary of the 28 April 2019 Senate of Spain election results
Parties and coalitions Directly
elected
Reg.
app.
Total
Seats +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 123 +81 18 141
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 120 +78 17 137
Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC) 3 +3 1 4
People's Party (PP) 54 –73 19 73
People's Party (PP) 54 –72 19 73
Forum of Citizens (FAC) 0 –1 0 0
Republican Left of Catalonia–Sovereigntists (ERCSobiranistes) 11 +1 2 13
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (Cs) 4 +4 6 10
Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ/PNV) 9 +4 1 10
United We Can (Unidas Podemos) 0 –16 6 6
United We Can (PodemosIUeQuo)1 0 –12 5 5
In Common We Can (ECP) 0 –4 1 1
Together for Catalonia–Together (JxCat–Junts)2 2 ±0 2 4
Sum Navarre (NA+) 3 +2 0 3
Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu) 1 +1 1 2
Create (Sortu) 1 +1 1 2
Basque Solidarity (EA) 0 ±0 0 0
Vox (Vox) 0 ±0 1 1
Commitment Coalition (Compromís) 0 ±0 1 1
Canarian Coalition–Canarian Nationalist Party (CCaPNC) 0 –1 1 1
Canarian Coalition–Canarian Nationalist Party (CCaPNC) 0 ±0 1 1
Independent Herrenian Group (AHI) 0 –1 0 0
Gomera Socialist Group (ASG) 1 ±0 0 1
New Canaries (NCa) 0 –1 0 0
Aragonese Party (PAR) 0 –2 0 0
Total 208 ±0 58 266
Sources[116]
Seats
PSOE
53.01%
PP
27.44%
ERC–Sob.
4.89%
Cs
3.76%
EAJ/PNV
3.76%
Unidas Podemos
2.26%
JxCat–Junts
1.50%
NA+
1.13%
EH Bildu
0.75%
Vox
0.38%
Compromís
0.38%
CCa–PNC
0.38%
ASG
0.38%

AftermathEdit

The election resulted in a victory for Pedro Sánchez's Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)—its first since the 2008 general election—which swept the country and won in most constituencies and regions. The right-wing bloc of PP–Cs–Vox was only able to garner 42.9% of the vote and 147 Congress seats (149 including the Navarra Suma alliance in Navarre) to the 165 seats and 43.0% vote share garnered by the two major left-wing parties, PSOE and Unidas Podemos. Even though the left-wing bloc was still 11 seats short of a majority, the three-way split on the centre-right ensured Sánchez's PSOE would be the only party that could realistically garner enough support from third parties to command a majority in the lower house.[117] The PSOE also obtained an absolute majority of seats in the Senate for the first time since 1989 as the PP vote collapsed.[118] Having initially been allocated 121 senators, it was awarded two additional senators from PP after the counting of CERA votes, the Census of Absent-Residents, namely one for Zamora and one for Segovia.[119]

Support for the People's Party (PP) plummeted and scored the worst result of its history as well as the worst support for any of the party's incarnations since the People's Alliance results in the 1977 and 1979 elections. The PP was only able to remain the most voted party in five constituencies: Ávila, Lugo, Melilla, Ourense and Salamanca; and it was not able to remain the largest party in any region, including Galicia, where it lost to the PSOE for the first time in democracy.[120][121] Overall, the party lost 3.6 million votes from 2016, with post-election analysis determining that 1.4 million had been lost to Albert Rivera's Citizens party, 1.6 million to far-right Vox, 400,000 to abstentions and a further 300,000 to PSOE.[122]

Scoring below previous expectations throughout the campaign, Vox's result signalled the first time since Blas Piñar's election as a deputy for the National Union coalition in 1979 that a far-right party had won seats in the Spanish Parliament after the country's return to democracy as well as the first time that a far-right party would be able to form a parliamentary group of its own in the Congress of Deputies.[117][123]

After losing more than a half of their seats, the PP sacked Javier Maroto as their campaign manager. Maroto had also failed to hold his seat from Álava in the election, losing it to EH Bildu and signalling the first time since 1979 that the party had not won a seat in the province.[124] Pablo Casado, the PP leader whose right-wing stance and controversial leadership had been labelled by commentators as a "suicide" in light of election results,[125] refused to resign and instead proposed a sudden U-turn of the party back into the centre under pressure from party regional leaders one month ahead of the regional and local elections[126][127] while also raising an hostile profile to both Cs and Vox, harshly attacking them for dividing the vote to the right-of-centre.[128][129]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b This figure does not include the CERA vote (Census of Absent Spanish Residents).
  2. ^ Data for C's in the 2016 election, not including results in Navarre.
  3. ^ Data for PP in the 2016 election, not including results in Navarre.
  4. ^ a b c Currently in preventive detention in Soto del Real (Madrid).
  5. ^ 77 PSOE, 7 PSC.
  6. ^ 46 Podemos, 7 IU, 4 BComú, 3 ICV, 3 eQuo, 2 EUiA, 2 Anova.
  7. ^ 8 PDeCAT, 4 Compromís, 2 EH Bildu, 1 CCa, 1 NCa.
  8. ^ 145 PP, 2 PAR.
  9. ^ 59 PSOE, 1 PSC.
  10. ^ 15 Podemos, 3 ICV, 2 IU.
  11. ^ 4 PDeCAT, 2 CCa–AHI.
  12. ^ 6 Cs, 2 Compromís, 1 UPN, 1 FAC, 1 NCa, 1 EH Bildu, 1 ASG, 1 Vox, 1 independent (ex-Podemos).
  13. ^ PDeCAT will run in a coalition list with its predecessor party, CDC, in order to guarantee public funding for the campaign.[70]
  14. ^ This slogan had been initially conceived for the pre-campaign period, but was later used as a secondary slogan throughout the official electoral campaign.
  15. ^ Debate centered on economic issues.
  16. ^ Vox's candidate Santiago Abascal had been initially invited, but was excluded after the Central Electoral Commission threatened to suspend the debate on its proposed format, claiming that Vox's presence would breach the proportionality principle under law.[110]

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