It’s the decision in the second attempt: After long weeks of the election campaign and further candidate rounds, the people of Stuttgart were called upon to elect their new mayor. The favorite wins the race.
Stuttgart (dpa) – In the OB election in Stuttgart, a victory for CDU candidate Frank Nopper emerges in the second vote. After counting 514 of the 545 constituencies, the incumbent mayor of Backnang received 42.7 percent of the vote on Sunday evening.
Its strongest competitor, Marian Schreier, won 36.7 percent of the vote – a respectable success for the 30-year-old who ran. Stuttgart city councilor Hannes Rockenbauch from the SÖS / Linke faction followed in third place with 17.7 percent.
A total of 450,000 eligible voters could vote. The incumbent mayor Fritz Kuhn (Greens) was no longer at the top of the town hall after eight years. The mayor of Backnang, Nopper, was clearly the favorite of his successor. The 59-year-old clearly won the first run. However, none of the applicants received an absolute majority of the votes in the first ballot three weeks ago. In the second vote, a simple majority is sufficient: whoever gets the most votes wins. There are no classic second elections for mayoral elections in Baden-Württemberg.
He wishes Nopper all the best in shaping the city in the coming years, Schreier said in the evening on the Stuggi.TV station before the vote ended. He was happy to catch up. His result shows that politics can also take place outside the stuck structures and independently of the support of a party.
Until now, Stuttgart has been considered a city with a strong green electorate, the Greens make up the largest parliamentary group in the city council, the district president belongs to the party, and all four direct mandates for the state parliament in the city went to the Greens. However, the Greens’ OB candidate was no longer on the polls: after a disappointing first-round performance and failed talks with the other applicants from the center-left camp, the eco party’s representative, Veronika Kienzle, withdrew her candidacy .