CDU in Saxony in front – AfD worse than expected

The political quake in Saxony does not materialize. In the first ballot, no district administrator post goes to the AfD. She should also have bad cards for the second round.


According to preliminary results, the CDU maintained its dominance in the district elections in Saxony. The AfD, on the other hand, performed significantly worse than expected in the nine districts.

In the district of Mittelsachsen, where the AfD had calculated the best chances of winning the first district post nationwide, the non-party candidate Dirk Neubauer was clearly ahead of the AfD candidate Rolf Weigand after the first ballot. There will be another election on July 3rd.

In the districts of Northern Saxony and Saxon Switzerland-Osterzgebirge, on the other hand, it is already clear that the CDU incumbents will keep their posts. In the state capital of Dresden, incumbent Dirk Hilbert (FDP) was ahead – but he has to face the vote again.

The North Saxon District Administrator Kai Emanuel defended his office with 54,9 percent of the votes. The non-party Emanuel, who ran for the CDU, clearly left the candidate of the far-right Freie Sachsen, Uta Hesse, behind. She received 20,0 percent of the vote. The Christian Democrat Michael Geisler remains in the district office of Pirna. He received 54,3 percent of the votes, twice as many as AfD candidate Ivo Teichmann (23,9 Percent). Incumbent Henry Graichen (CDU) in the district of Leipzig also achieved an absolute majority with 69, 9 percent of the votes. He was also supported by the Greens.

CDU in front in all constituencies

In all districts up for election, apart from Central Saxony, the CDU clearly came first, but has to face another round of voting on July 3rd. With a view to the first ballot, however, the Christian Democrats can count on good chances in the districts of Bautzen, Görlitz, Zwickau, Vogtlandkreis and in the Erzgebirge district. In the Erzgebirge district and in the district of Zwickau, they not only compete with the AfD, but also with strong free voters, who in Zwickau at 24,4 percent and in the Erzgebirge district are just about to be counted of all votes to 19,7 percent of the votes came.

As expected, the people of Dresden also have to go to the polls again. On Sunday, incumbent Dirk Hilbert was clearly ahead with 32,5 percent of the votes, but it wasn’t enough for a win. At the 10. The second ballot is scheduled for July. Hilbert stood up for the “Independent Citizens for Dresden” alliance, which is also supported by the CDU.

Dresden’s environmental mayor Eva Jähnigen (Greens) with 18,9 percent, SPD interior expert Albrecht Pallas (15,2 percent), AfD MEP Maximilian Krah (14,2 percent) and the Left candidate André Schollbach (10,3 percent). Left, SPD and Greens had previously agreed to jointly send the strongest candidate from the three parties to the race in the second ballot. Accordingly, Eva Jähnigen will compete against Hilbert. AfD man Krah also wants to continue. (dpa)

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