This election shows who is in power in Hamburg
Hamburg voted – and the result is a red-green triumph. Sozen and Greens got almost 55 percent of the second votes together. The last election looked very different. And that’s not the only surprise that shows a fundamental change in the city. Review: 2017, Scholz has been ruling with the Greens in the town hall for two years, but in the federal election the SPD ends up clearly behind the CDU. The SPD and the Greens only get 37.4 percent of the second vote, the Greens are just ahead of the left. Four years later, the tide has changed radically. The CDU under its power-conscious party leader Christoph Ploß smeared down mercilessly to 15 percent, the left loses almost half of its voters, the SPD is clearly ahead with just under 30 percent.
But the most obvious is the leap of the Greens: They almost double their result to 25 percent. The SPD does not have much of a head start. Hamburg: Two SPD strongholds fall to the Greens
The Greens are also getting dangerously close to the SPD, as a look at the constituencies shows. With Altona and Eimsbüttel, two SPD strongholds fall to the Greens for the first time. The fact that Linda Heitmann has conquered the “red Altona” should be particularly painful for the Social Democrats. Scholz won four times here, and since 1957 the constituency has gone to the SPD except for one time. But Eimsbüttel, too, has always been in the hands of the SPD since the Second World War, with the exception of two elections.
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In the federal government, the Social Democrats may feel like winners and the Greens are the losers. In Hamburg, Fegebank, Tjarks & Co. get the secret election victory. This exacerbates the subliminal conflict in the town hall: two partners who do not want to be without the other, but are at the same time the toughest competitors. The struggle for power in Hamburg remains exciting.