Sebastian Gemkow (CDU) surprisingly won the first round of the mayoral election in Leipzig. In the second round on Sunday everything is now open.
- Sebastian Gemkow (CDU) surprisingly won the first round of the mayor election in Leipzig .
- Previously, Hamburg had been under the leadership of the SPD for more than 30 years.
- The second ballot will follow on March 1 - and Gemkow is motivated.
Leipzig - At the beginning of February, Saxony's Minister of Science Sebastian Gemkow (CDU) surprisingly won the first round of the mayoral election in Leipzig. Round two follows on March 1st. Will he be able to defend his top spot there? The lawyer received 31.6 percent of the vote in the first round of the election - ahead of incumbent Burkhard Jung (SPD) , who received 29.8 percent . However, since neither candidate was able to achieve an absolute majority, the second round now takes place.
Leipzig election: In the second round, all candidates can start again
In Saxony there is no runoff election , instead all candidates can run again . Much will therefore depend on what the other of the eight applicants for the mayor post do now. Since the Leipzig City Hall has been in the hands of the SPD for three decades, the result is a surprise. A poll had also seen SPD man Jung well before Gemkow before the election on Sunday. The 61-year-old town hall chief has been in Leipzig since 2006 and is applying for a third term. The turnout in Leipzig was 49.1 percent .
"I am pleased about the trust that the voters have placed in me," said Gemkow , who was born in Leipzig. But he is also going with humility in the coming weeks and wants to convince as many people in Leipzig as possible that he has good ideas for the city. The CDU politician ushered in the further election campaign. "Now it's about the sausage," he called to his followers. The result was not surprising. "I expected exactly that. This duel that is now in sight - that's the city, ”said the mayor.
Leipzig election: third best was a left-wing politician, fourth place went to a green party
But his biggest competitor, Burkhard Jung, is also trying to win over voters before the second round of elections - including via Twitter.
Dear Leipzigers, on March 1st you will decide on the future of our city. Leipzig's success story must continue. I ask for your trust, for your vote on March 1st. # obmle20 # obmle2020 #Leipzig #burkhardjung pic.twitter.com/BBGM675H6B- Burkhard Jung (@Burkhard_Jung) February 25, 2020
Alongside Gemkow and Jung, Franziska Riekewald from the left achieved the third-best result in the first round of the election with 13.5 percent . It was ahead of the Greens applicant Katharina Krefft (12.0 percent) . AfD candidate Christoph Neumann only achieved a one-digit result with 8.7 percent . The AfD in Saxony also had problems with the local elections last year. Incidentally, there is also a local election in Bavaria in March. You can find out how voting works in the video.