Düsseldorf will be black instead of red in the future. Dortmund remains red. The Greens are creating something historic. The results of the second elections for the town halls in North Rhine-Westphalia are known.
A CDU mayor will rule the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. However, the SPD can keep the town hall in the “heart chamber of the social democracy” Dortmund. That was the result of the second elections in NRW. Candidates had to duel in nearly 130 cities and districts on Sunday.
In Düsseldorf, SPD mayor Thomas Geisel admitted his defeat early in the evening and congratulated his successor Stephan Keller (CDU). After counting all constituencies, 56.0 percent of voters voted for Keller. The established SPD Geisel came in at 44.0 percent in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital.
Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen remain in the hands of the SPD
However, the city of Dortmund remains an SPD stronghold: in the second round, the first SPD candidate Thomas Westphal won with 52.0 percent, as the city announced after all votes were counted. CDU challenger Andreas Hollstein came in at 48.0 percent. The Greens supported the CDU in the second round in Dortmund.
The town hall in Gelsenkirchen also retains its red leadership: in the second election, city director Karin Welge was elected by the SPD as the new mayor. She received 59.4 percent of the vote, the city announced after counting all constituencies. The CDU candidate, attorney Malte Stuckmann, got 40.6 percent.
CDU wins in Oberhausen and Münster
The CDU achieved further success in the city of Oberhausen in the Ruhr area and in bourgeois Münster: the mayor of Oberhausen, Daniel Schranz, received 62.1 percent of the vote, his challenger Thorsten Berg (SPD) only 37.9 percent. Oberhausen was a stronghold of the SPD for decades. The student city of Münster is also still run by a CDU politician: Markus Lewe (CDU) won the second round with 52.6 percent of the votes against the Green candidate Peter Todeskino.
After counting more than half the votes, the incumbent Henriette Reker leads the Mayor’s second round in Cologne. After counting nearly all constituencies, the non-party politician was more than 60 percent unreachable in front of her SPD challenger Andreas Kossiski. Reker was supported in the election campaign by the Greens and the CDU.
Historical successes for the Greens
The Greens were also able to celebrate historic successes in several towns and cities in NRW. For the first time, the party won the mayor’s seat in the state. In Wuppertal, green politician Uwe Schneidewind was elected as the new mayor. The 54-year-old joint candidate of the Greens and CDU won the second round with 53.5 percent of the vote against incumbent Andreas Mucke (SPD).
A historic change of power was also taking place in Bonn. The green candidate Katja Dörner stood just before 8 p.m. with about 56 percent in front of the incumbent Ashok-Alexander Sridharan (CDU).
The same photo in Aachen. There, the Greens provide the mayor with Sibylle Keupen for the first time. It clearly won with 67.4 percent against the CDU competitor Harald Baal, who came out at 32.6 percent.