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US News mayoral elections in NRW: SPD defends Dortmund, CDU conquers Düsseldorf town hall

10:00  28 september  2020
10:00  28 september  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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Dortmund is the "heart chamber of social democracy". But this year the mayor's office was pretty tight in the runoff election. The CDU not only celebrated in the state capital.

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Successes for SPD and CDU : In the mayor run-off elections in North Rhine-Westphalia , both parties have won one victory in each of the most competitive cities. While the SPD was defending the important city Dortmund , the CDU recaptured the town hall in Düsseldorf . The Christian Democrats are now again providing the mayor of the capital of a large German state. The CDU candidates also won in Oberhausen and Münster .

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In Dortmund , the SPD candidate Thomas Westphal won with 52 percent of the vote. The duel in the largest city in the Ruhr area had been followed with tension: The CDU man Andreas Hollstein was around ten percentage points behind Westphal in the first ballot. But the Greens clearly strengthened in Dortmund - in the first ballot still with their own candidate - had given an election recommendation for Hollstein for this Sunday. The party justified this with its wish for a change of policy in the town hall. Since 1946, the SPD has permanently appointed the mayor of the so-called "Chamber of the Heart of Social Democracy".

In Düsseldorf , the CDU politician Stephan Keller won the runoff election against incumbent Thomas Geisel from the SPD. The 50-year-old city director of Cologne was after counting 438 of the 454 voting districts on Sunday evening, almost 55.4 percent. Hostage came to 44.6 percent. He admitted defeat and congratulated his challenger. Six years after the takeover by the SPD, the mayor's office in the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia is now back in CDU hands.

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Reker leads in Cologne

In the only North Rhine-Westphalian metropolis Cologne , the non-party incumbents Henriette Reker led their SPD challenger Andreas Kossiski after counting more than half of the votes. Reker was supported in the election campaign by the Greens and the CDU.

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The CDU recorded further successes in the Ruhr area town Oberhausen and in the Westphalian city of Münster: Oberhausen's Lord Mayor 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 Münster will also continue to be ruled by a CDU politician: Markus Lewe (CDU) won the runoff election with 52.6 percent of the votes against the Green candidate Peter Todeskino.

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