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Rhineland-Palatinate state election, 2011

Rhineland-Palatinate state election, 2011

March 27, 2011

All 101 seats of the Landtag of Rhineland-Palatinate.
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Kurt Beck Julia Klöckner Eveline Lemke
Daniel Köbler
Party SPD CDU Green
Last election 45.6% 32.8% 4.6%
Seats before 53 38 0
Seats won 42 41 18
Seat change 11 3 18
Percentage 35.7% 35.2% 15.4%
Swing 9.9% 2.4% 10.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Herbert Mertin Robert Drumm, Tanja Krauth
Party FDP Left
Last election 8.0% 2.5%
Seats before 10 0
Seats won 0 0
Seat change 10
Percentage 4.2% 3.0%
Swing 3.8% 0.5%

Minister-President before election

Kurt Beck

Minister President after election

Kurt Beck

The 2011 Rhineland-Palatinate state election was conducted on 27 March 2011 to elect all 101 members to the Landtag of Rhineland-Palatinate.[1] It was held by proportional representation with a 5% threshold. State elections were held on the same day in neighbouring Baden-Württemberg.

In the 2006 election, Minister-President Kurt Beck and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) won an outright majority. For the 2011 elections, Christian Baldauf, the current opposition leader, proposed Julia Klöckner to oppose Kurt Beck.

In the election, the SPD suffered large loss, falling by 10% of the vote and winning only one seat more than the Christian Democratic Union. The main winners were Alliance '90/The Greens, who surged to over 15% of the vote, having failed to even break through the 5% threshold in 2006. In 2011, however, the Free Democratic Party failed to break through 5%, and thus lost the 10 seats they'd won in 2006.

Issues and Campaign


 Summary of the 27 March 2011 election results for the Landtag of Rhineland-Palatinate
Party Vote % (change) Seats (change) Seat %
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 35.7% –9.9 42 –11 41.6%
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 35.2% +2.4 41 +3 40.6%
Alliance '90/The Greens (Die Grünen) 15.4% +10.8 18 +18 17.8%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 4.2% –3.8 0 –10
The Left Party (Linke, formerly WASG) 3.0% +0.4 0 ±0
Free Voters 2.3% +0.7 0 ±0
Pirate Party Germany 1.6% +1.6 0 N/A
National Democratic Party of Germany 1.1% –0.1 0 ±0
Others 3.1% +1.2 0
Total 101

2006 Results

Seat results -- SPD in red, Greens in green, FDP in yellow, CDU in black
Party Party List votes Vote percentage Total Seats Seat percentage
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 799,216 45.6% 53 52.5%
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 574,464 32.8% 38 37.6%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 140,824 8.0% 10 9.9%
Alliance '90/The Greens 81,456 4.6% 0 0.0%
Labour and Social Justice Party (WASG) 44,661 2.5% 0 0.0%
All Others 112,410 6.5% 0 0.0%
Totals 1,753,031 100.0% 101 100.0%


Rainer Brüderle announced he is resigning as chairman of Free Democratic Party in Rheinland-Pfalz.[2] He will preside at a special congress of the National Association on May 7, 2011.[2]


  1. ^ "SPD and Greens set for power in Hamburg". The Local. February 13, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Mappus legt Parteivorsitz nieder".  
  • Rhineland-Palatinate State Statistics Office
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