Armin Laschet can for the first time smile ahead of federal elections next September. Her Cdu risked head to head with the ultra right of AfD for the Land Government of the Sassonia-Anhalt, but already the first exit poll give the conservatives a clear victory, in what is the last local test at the polls before the vote that will determine the successor of Angela Merkel at the helm of Germany. According to public TV High, the CDU of Pure Haseloff is in clear advantage with the 36% (+ 6.2%). Alternative für Deutschland is distant, follows in second place with the 22,5% (-1.8% compared to the last regional ones). According to the exit pools, in the center-left area it loses something there Spd with 8.5% (-2.1) and slightly earning i gave to 6.5% (+ 1.3%). Strong defeat for the left, traditionally strong in the Länder of the former GDR, with the11,1 (-5.3%). Finally, the liberals enter the regional parliament with the 6,5% (+1,6).
Already looking at these first results, the feared overtaking of the ultra-right on Laschet’s conservatives it did not occur. Indeed, outgoing President Haseloff, who led a coalition with Social Democrats and Greens, is now certain that he has secured his third term. The AfD, with its candidate Oliver Kirchner, hoped and dreamed of sending “a signal”, from Magdeburg, in view of the federal elections of September 26. The AfD has long taken advantage of a sentiment hostile to the government which is widespread in the Land, which until 1990 was precisely part of the Germania East. The ultra-right has recently campaigned mainly against restrictions on the coronavirus, with posters asking voters to go to the polls to show “resistance“.
According to recent polls, the Christian Democrats in Saxony-Anhalt were only ahead of a point. A head to head would have actually put the candidate chancellor of the CDU in serious difficulty, Armin Laschet. Which, however, in a still small Land – 1.8 million voters – collects a first satisfactory result: now can really hope to get both the support of the conservatives both that of centrists. The vote in Saxony-Anhalt is also considered the last big test for political parties ahead of September. The Greens, who are very strong nationally, were aiming for 10% in the Land. The Social Democrats also hoped to stay above this threshold. The final results will clarify the picture better, but in the meantime the CDU and Laschet can once again breathe a sigh of relief.