2003 Bavarian state election
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All 180 seats in the Landtag of Bavaria
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|Party||Ideology||Vote % (change)||Seats (change)||Seats %|
|Christian Social Union (CSU)||Christian democracy, Centre-right||60.7%||+7.8||124||+1||68.9%|
|Social Democratic Party (SPD)||Social democracy, Centre-left||19.6%||−9.1||41||−26||22.8%|
|Alliance '90/The Greens||Environmental, Centre-left||7.7%||+2.1||15||+1||8.3%|
|Free Voters (FW)||Regional, Centre-right||4.0%||+0.4|
|Free Democratic Party (FDP)||Classical liberal, Centre-right||2.6%||+0.9|
|Republicans (Die Republikaner)||Right-wing||2.2%||−1.4|
|Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP)||Environmental, Centre-right||2.0%||+0.2|
|Bavaria Party (BP)||Secessionist, Centre-right||0.8%||+0.0|
|Party of Bible-believing Christians (PBC)||Religious right||0.2%||+0.1|
|Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (BüSo)||LaRouche movement||0.1%||+0.1|
|Party for Rights, Freedom, Health (AUFBRUCH)||Environmental||0.1%||+0.1|
Turnout was at 57.1%, far below the 1998 election's turnout of 69.8%.
- The CSU was once again able to form a government without coalition partners, as it had been able to do in Bavaria since 1962.
- The CSU's winning of over 2/3 of the seats in the new Landtag was the strongest showing for any party in German electoral history. No party had ever been able to form a super-majority of over 2/3 of the seats in any Landtag before or since.
- In the years that followed this electoral triumph, lethargy—perhaps induced partly by so many years of one-party rule—set in. The CSU became ever more unpopular, until the next election in 2008, wherein its support plummeted.