Munich The runoff elections in the Bavarian municipalities, unprecedented due to the corona crisis, have brought about changes in power in at least two major cities. The SPD lost the post of mayor to the CSU on Sunday in its previous stronghold in Nuremberg. In return, the CSU’s SPD accepted the post of mayor in Ingolstadt.
For the first time in Bavarian history, all voters could only vote by letter until Sunday evening – there were no polling stations due to the risk of coronavirus. Some of the results were expected in the evening, some only on Monday.
In Nuremberg, the CSU applicant Marcus König won with 52.2 percent against the SPD candidate Thorsten Brehm (47.8 percent). In Ingolstadt, the SPD challenger Christian Scharpf won 59.3 percent of the vote and thus won against incumbent Christian Lösel (CSU) with 40.7 percent.
The mayor of Munich, on the other hand, is likely to continue to be Dieter Reiter in the future. After counting 636 of the 1001 areas on Sunday evening, the SPD politician clearly led with a good 71 percent. His challenger from the CSU, Kristina Frank, was 29 percent. Reiter already thanked for “a lot of tailwind for the next term,” even if the end result is not expected until Monday.
The run-off election in Augsburg won the CSU candidate Eva Weber with 62.3 percent of the vote. Dirk Wurm (SPD) came to 37.7 percent.
The district election in the district of Miesbach went bankrupt for the Greens, where the CSU recaptured the district post after six years: The green district administrator Wolfgang Rzehak lost 34.59 percent to his CSU challenger Olaf von Löwis, who came to 65.41 percent .
Voter turnout was higher in many places than in the first ballot two weeks earlier. For the first time in Bavarian history, all voters could only vote by letter until Sunday evening – there were no polling stations due to the risk of coronavirus.
Tens of millions of people in Bavaria were asked to cast their votes in around 750 run-off elections by 6 p.m. on Sunday evening at the latest – wherever no candidate had immediately won more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round on March 15.
Two weeks ago, in 16 independent cities, it was not clear who will be mayor in the future. In addition, the district elections in 18 counties had no final result.
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