The Bavaria state election, 2003, was conducted on 21 September 2003, to elect members to the Landtag (state legislature) of Bavaria.

2003 Bavaria state election

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All 180 seats in the Landtag of Bavaria
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Edmund Stoiber Franz Maget Sepp Daxenberger
Party CSU SPD Green
Last election 123 seats 67 seats 14 seats
Seats won 124 41 15
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 26 Increase 1
Percentage 60.7% 19.6% 7.7%
Swing Increase 7.8% Decrease 9.1% Increase 2.1%

Minister President before election

Edmund Stoiber
CSU

Resulting Minister President

Edmund Stoiber
CSU

Issues and campaignEdit

ResultsEdit

e • d Summary of the 21 September 2003 election results for the Landtag of Bavaria
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
All Others 0.1% −1.0
Total 100.0%   180 -24 100.0%

Turnout was at 57.1%, far below the 1998 election's turnout of 69.8%.

 
Seat results -- SPD in red, CSU in black, Greens in green

Post-electionEdit

  • 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.

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