SPD only wins four constituencies in Berlin – inner city goes to the Greens, outlying districts to the CDU


The repeated Berlin election was a disaster, especially for the SPD. The SPD only managed to win over four of the capital’s 78 constituencies. Governing Mayor Giffey even lost her constituency. The outskirts went to the CDU, the inner city to the Greens.

The repetition of the Berlin House of Representatives election was catastrophic for the Social Democrats. Not only is the SPD no longer the strongest force in the capital, it only got through four direct candidates in 78 constituencies. Even the Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey suffered a defeat in her constituency in Berlin-Neukölln.

Berlin election: CDU clearly wins – historically unprecedented defeat for SPD

Berlin election: CDU clearly wins – historically unprecedented defeat for SPD

Giffey lost her direct mandate to the CDU candidate Olaf Schenk. After counting all areas, the SPD politician had 29.6 percent of the first votes, Schenk 45.3 percent. However, the top candidate Giffey has a place in the House of Representatives via her party’s list. In the September 2021 election, the 44-year-old won her direct mandate with 40.8 percent of the first votes.

Co-chair Raed Saleh also lost his direct mandate. The SPD faction leader in the House of Representatives had to admit defeat to the CDU candidate Ersin Nas in his constituency in Berlin-Spandau. According to preliminary results, Nas received 33.6 percent of the first votes, Saleh 25.9 percent. Saleh had previously made it directly into the state parliament four times. The Social Democrats lost a total of 21 direct mandates in Berlin.

The Greens lost four of 24 direct mandates. In the same constituency as Saleh (Spandau 2), the top candidate for the Greens and Senator for Transport, Bettina Jarasch, ran for only 10.3 percent.

The CDU top candidate Kai Wegner managed to defend his direct mandate in his constituency (Spandau 5) with 46.9 percent of the first votes. At the same time, he exceeded his result from 2021. At that time, the 50-year-old had won the constituency with 36.5 percent of the first votes. Of the 78 constituencies, the CDU was able to win 48 directly. In the 2021 election there were still 21. The Christian Democrats were not only able to win the direct mandates that the SPD and the Greens had won in 2021. The CDU also enjoyed direct success in two constituencies that went to the left in 2021. The left won four direct mandates this time, the AfD kept their two, which they also won in 2021.

Repeat election in Berlin: CDU far ahead, Red-Red-Green with a narrow majority

Repeat election in Berlin: CDU far ahead, Red-Red-Green with a narrow majority

With 28.2 percent of the votes, the CDU achieved the strongest result in the capital for a good 20 years. In 2021 it was still 18 percent. According to election researchers, the Christian Democrats owed the good result above all to their high proportion of second votes in the outer districts of Berlin: in the south in Tempelhof-Schöneberg the CDU got up to 47.3 percent, in the north in Reinickendorf it was up to 43.9 percent. As stated in a report by ZDF that is, the older voters helped the CDU to succeed. The result for the CDU was better, especially in those districts where the proportion of people over 60 is larger.

In the inner districts of Berlin, on the other hand, the Greens were able to record successes for themselves. For example, in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg they achieved their best result of 38.3 percent. According to survey data from the Wahlen Research Group, the Greens were ahead overall, especially among younger voters. According to election researchers, the party with the sunflower in its logo had 26 percent of the under-30s, and in the 30 to 44 age group it was even 27 percent. That’s what it says in the ZDF-Report: The higher the proportion of 25 to 35 year olds among eligible voters in an area, the better off the Greens are.

At 18.4 percent, the Social Democrats performed worse than at any time since 1950. In the 2021 election, the SPD still got 21.4 percent. The Greens, who have governed with the Left and the SPD since 2016, also achieved 18.4 percent, but were 105 votes behind the Social Democrats. In 2021, the Greens still got 18.9 percent. The left accounted for 12.2 percent (-1.9 points) of the vote. The AfD increased from 8.0 percent to 9.1 percent. It was a bitter election evening for the FDP, which was kicked out of another state parliament with 4.6 percent. In the 2021 election, the Liberals came to 7.1 percent.

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