1999 Brandenburg state election

The 1999 Brandenburg state election was held on 5 September 1999 to elect the members of the 3rd Landtag of Brandenburg. The incumbent Social Democratic Party (SPD) majority government led by Minister-President Manfred Stolpe lost its majority. The SPD subsequently formed a grand coalition with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and Stolpe continued as Minister-President.

1999 Brandenburg state election

← 1994 5 September 1999 2004 →

All 89 seats in the Landtag of Brandenburg
45 seats needed for a majority
Turnout1,102,360 (54.3%)
Decrease 2.0%
  First party Second party
  Manfred Stolpe (cropped) (2).JPG KAS-Schönbohm, Jörg-Bild-24239-1.jpg
Leader Manfred Stolpe Jörg Schönbohm
Party SPD CDU
Last election 52 seats, 54.1% 18 seats, 18.7%
Seats won 37 25
Seat change Decrease 15 Increase 7
Popular vote 433,521 292,634
Percentage 39.3% 26.5%
Swing Decrease 14.8% Increase 7.8%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party PDS DVU
Last election 18 seats, 18.7% Did not contest
Seats won 22 5
Seat change Increase 4 Increase 5
Popular vote 257,309 58,247
Percentage 23.3% 5.3%
Swing Increase 4.6% Increase 5.3%

Minister-President before election

Manfred Stolpe
SPD

Elected Minister-President

Manfred Stolpe
SPD

PartiesEdit

The table below lists parties represented in the 2nd Landtag of Brandenburg.

Name Ideology Leader(s) 1994 result
Votes (%) Seats
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Social democracy Manfred Stolpe 54.1%
52 / 88
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christian democracy Jörg Schönbohm 18.7%
18 / 88
PDS Party of Democratic Socialism
Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus
Democratic socialism 18.7%
18 / 88

Opinion pollingEdit

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
SPD CDU PDS Grüne FDP DVU Others Lead
1999 state election 5 Sep 1999 39.3 26.5 23.3 1.9 1.9 5.3 1.7 12.7
Infratest dimap 18–24 Aug 1999 1,000 44 23 23 2 1 5 2 21
dimap 2–11 Aug 1999 1,014 42 27 20 3 3 3 2 15
Forsa August 1999 1,002 44 23 23 2 2 4 2 19
Infratest dimap 28 Jun–4 Jul 1999 1,000 42 29 20 3 1 5 13
dimap 18–22 Jun 1999 1,021 40 27 21 3 2 7 13
Infratest dimap 17–22 May 1999 1,000 50 25 18 3 1 3 25
Infratest dimap 15–21 Mar 1999 1,000 51 23 18 3 2 3 28
Infratest dimap 23–28 Nov 1998 1,000 55 18 18 4 3 4 37
Infratest dimap 21–29 Mar 1998 1,000 58 15 17 4 2 4 43
1994 state election 5 Sep 1994 54.1 18.7 18.7 2.9 2.2 3.1 35.4

Election resultEdit

Summary of the 5 September 1999 election results for the Landtag of Brandenburg
Party Votes % +/- Seats +/- Seats %
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 433,521 39.3  14.8 37  15 41.6
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 292,634 26.5  7.8 25  7 28.1
Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) 257,309 23.3  4.6 22  4 24.7
German People's Union (DVU) 58,247 5.3  5.3 5  5 2.6
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) 21,410 1.9  1.0 0 ±0 0
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 20,472 1.9  0.3 0 ±0 0
Others 18,767 1.7 0 ±0 0
Total 1,102,360 100.0 89  1
Voter turnout 54.3  2.0
Popular Vote
SPD
39.33%
CDU
26.55%
PDS
23.34%
DVU
5.28%
B'90/GRÜNE
1.94%
FDP
1.86%
Other
1.70%
Landtag seats
SPD
41.57%
CDU
28.09%
PDS
24.72%
DVU
5.62%

SourcesEdit