The final race in the election campaign
NRW State candidates fight for every vote
05/14/2022, 4:27 PM
The elections will be held in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The CDU and the SPD are very close to each other in the polls. A day before the election, the two main candidates Wüst and Kuchaty are campaigning in the streets and on doorsteps. Every sound matters.
A day before the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, the parties again began to campaign for each vote. After the CDU, SPD and the Greens held their final central rallies on Friday, federal and state celebrities will come to the final in Düsseldorf for the FDP on Saturday (from 5 p.m.). Top CDU representatives and the Greens again spread optimism in morning interviews shortly before the possible drastic decision.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, the CDU and SPD are in close races in the opinion polls – with the Christian Democrats slightly ahead. CDU Prime Minister Hendrik Fust and his Social Democrat rival Thomas Kochati once again campaigned in the streets shortly before the end. Kuschaty campaigned in Essen, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen. The top CDU candidate West traveled to the campaign threshold in Lübeck in East Westphalia, as well as to Bad Salzuflen, Wiedenbrück and Lipstadt. In the afternoon, Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner, Deputy Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and Democratic Party top candidate Joachim Stamp wanted to campaign in the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia.
On Friday, the CDU, SPD and the Greens held their final rallies with several prominent politicians. At Altenberge in Münsterland, Wüst stressed the importance of stable political conditions in order to “be able to do what’s important” – that’s the campaign slogan of North Rhine-west West received support from Schleswig-Holstein Premier Daniel Gunther, who won Sunday’s state election past by a large margin.
Greens Realizes ‘Changing Mood’
“I am very confident that we will win this state election in the sense: we will remain the most powerful parliamentary group in the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament and we will also be given the task of forming the state government,” said Federal Chairman of the CDU Frederic Merz in the World Development Report. Green Party co-chair Ricarda Lang also contradicted this in a World Development Report: “You could tell a lot of people are in a mood for change. We’re optimistic about tomorrow.”
SPD Chancellor Olaf Schulz appeared in Cologne next to the cathedral and campaigned for Kočati, the SPD’s top candidate. At rallies in Dusseldorf and Cologne, Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck backed the Greens’ top candidate, Mona Neubauer.
In many surveys, a tight race between CDU and SPD has recently emerged. With about 30 to 32 percent, the CDU was only ahead of the SPD with 28 to 29 percent. According to polls, the CDU / FDP coalition that has been in office since 2017 is no longer a majority. The outcome of the elections and possible future alliances are fully open. About 13 million people are entitled to vote in the most populous federal state on Sunday.
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Opinion polls for the Greens range between 16 and 18 percent and could score their best result in the state election. The FDP, which became the third most powerful force in 2017 with 12.6 percent, can count on only 7 to 8 percent. The rate of alternative for Germany is from 6 to 8 per cent. With about 3 to 4 percent, the left will again miss entering the state parliament.
There may be several options for the next state government. According to the surveys, in addition to a rather unpopular large alliance between CDU and SPD, it would be possible to create a black-green alliance or a Jamaican alliance of CDU, Greens and FDP. The SPD could also form a traffic light coalition with the Greens and the Free Democratic Party, as in the federal government. For the majority of red and green, this is also enough in some polls. “For me it is important that there is no coalition without the Green Party,” Green Leader Lang said in an interview with the World Development Report.
Even more than the elections in Saarland in March and in Schleswig-Holstein last Sunday, the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia, also known as “small federal elections”, has national political significance. It is considered the most important mood test for the federal parties and the Berlin traffic light coalition. West only succeeded Armin Laschet, who had failed as a candidate for Union chancellor in the federal election, as head of government in the NRW at the end of October 2021.