Big swing to right in court-ordered re-run of German federal election in Berlin | Eastern North Carolina Now

New court-ordered elections for federal parliament (Bundestag) seats in the Berlin state Sunday saw a double digit swing to the right in this tradionally leftwing stronghold.  The re-run of the federal election in portions of Berlin state were the result of the Constitutional Court ordering new elections due to election irregularities in the previous election.   Unlike the re-run of the elections for the Berlin state parliament held last year, which covered the entire state, those for the Bundestag covered only those polling stations recording irregularities, which were 455 of the 2.256 overall polling stations in Berlin state.

In the new election, the traditional conservative Christian Democratic Union saw its votes increase by 6.9 points to 20.6%, while the populist / nationalist anti-immigration Alternativ fur Deutschland saw its vote increase by 5.6 points to a new total of 12.6%.  The three parties of the national governing coalition together dropped 13.0 points to a new total of 45.5%.

It has not been reported how many Bundestag seats may change hands as a result of these partial new elections.  The results will have to be amalgamated with those old votes of polling stations that did not hold a re-vote.  Germans elect members of their parliament two ways.  There are single member constituencies and also party list seats based on overall percentages of vote.

The revote last year for the state parliament saw the Social Democrat led coalition replaced for the first time in many years by a CDU-led state government.  This partial re-vote for the national parliament was in a more bedrock left set of polling stations, but the swing to the right was even higher than in the state election.  The right gained 11.3 points in the state election but gained 12.5 points for the Bundestag.  The government parties dropped 7 points in the state election but dropped 13 points in the Bundestag election.  Also, AfD's share of the state election gain was only about 10% while it was 40% of the right's gain in the national parliament election.

A new national poll was also released, confirming that nationally, the CDU is Germany's leading party, and AfD second, with all of the left-liberal coalition parties bleeding votes and the classical liberal Free Democrats crashing out of parliament altogether.

This is yet another example that courts in other countries correct election irregularities by ordering new elections, something American courts seem afraid to do.

Meanwhile, the polling of German citizens for the upcoming Munich Security Conference, the world's largest international conference on security has found that the biggest security concern for German citizens is now illegal immigration, replacing Russia, which last year was the top security concern.

To hear the common sense of AfD leader Alice Weidel, here is a speech of hers in the Bundestag with English translation:

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Big Bob said:
( February 15th, 2024 @ 7:13 am )
Its ok baby, I have your participation trophy. You can try again in November. .
( February 15th, 2024 @ 6:56 am )
This was an establishment New York Republican candidate who lost, not a MAGA candidate. A MAGA candidate would not have let a Democrat get to their right on immigration issues. T traditional Republican candidate would have not, either. The GOP establishment blew this one.
Big Bob said:
( February 14th, 2024 @ 8:02 pm )
And yet MAG still lost
A very hard, but unpopular truth.
( February 14th, 2024 @ 2:14 pm )
Tone deaf New York Republicans decided to run an Ethiopian immigrant who spoke bad English in a district heavily impacted by illegal immigration. Granted she was a legal immigrant, but that was the wrong visual for what has become a huge issue in and around New York City. Then she let the Democrat get to her right, at least in voter perception, on the issue of illegal immigration. While the Democrat was likely lying through his teeth and will not vote that way in Congress, it had a big impact on this election. Then on top of all that, it snowed on election day, and it was the Democrats who had "banked" votes in early voting.

Republicans need to learn that it is getting right with the voters on issues, not "diversity" that wins elections. New York Republicans blew this one in so many ways.
Big Bob said:
( February 14th, 2024 @ 11:58 am )
Back in the real world, Democrats flipped another house seat. Nice.
( February 13th, 2024 @ 5:42 pm )
Germans, like most Europeans are furious with illegal immigration. Just as that issue is shaping politics in Europe, it will also do so in America this year.

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