In Bremen there will be elections on Sunday. SPD and CDU are almost equal. The coalition of the Social Democrats with the Greens and the Left is shaking. And the support for a new right-wing party is growing.
In the federal state of Bremen, 462,000 citizens are called on Sunday to vote for their state parliament, the Bremen Parliament. The two-city state with Bremen and Bremerhaven has so far been led by a coalition of SPD, Greens and Left.
Mayor and Senate President Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD/57) has ruled since 2019 and wants to defend his office. In Bremen, unlike in all other federal states, the state parliament is elected every four years. Important issues in the election campaign were education, security and transport.
Parties fight for every vote
On Saturday, Bovenschulte and the candidates from other parties were still out and about at information stands to win over undecided voters. But there were no more large rallies. On Friday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) spoke on the Bremen market square and campaigned for Bovenschulte.
According to the latest election polls, Bovenschulte can hope for another term in Bremen City Hall. According to this, the SPD is 29 to 30 percent ahead of the CDU, which comes to 26 to 28 percent. State President Frank Imhoff (54) is the top candidate for the Christian Democrats. According to Imhoff, he is hoping for a similar surprise from the CDU as in the election to the House of Representatives in Berlin. In the Berlin election, the CDU was clearly ahead of the SPD.
In a direct comparison with Bovenschulte, Imhoff is at a disadvantage according to a survey by the ZDF “Politbarometer”. 60 percent of those questioned were in favor of the head of government, 23 percent voted for the challenger.
Right-wing party strong in polls
The AfD remains excluded from the election because two competing groups in the party had submitted election lists. The right-wing populist voters’ association Bürger in Wut (BiW) could benefit from the exclusion: in surveys it comes to eight to ten percent.
According to the pollsters, the Greens are between 12 and 13 percent, the Left at 9 to 11. The FDP is just over the five percent hurdle at six percent. In the elections in Berlin and Lower Saxony, the party failed because of the clause.
The FDP election campaign was decided on Friday evening by the deputy federal chairmen Wolfgang Kubicki and Johannes Vogel. The Greens have announced an election campaign event with Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth for Saturday evening.
Local elections are also held in Bremen and Bremerhaven on Sunday.
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