*I explained Germany's party color code in an earlier blog
What happened to the triangulaire in the Freiburg electoral district? Gernot Erler (SPD) got only 30% of the votes compared with 35% for Matern von Marschall (CDU) and 21% for Kerstin Andreae (Green), hence Gernot lost his direct seat. Red Baron followed the duel between incumbent Gernot and his challenger Matern on the Internet. The city's polling stations were the first reporting early results and it was a thrilling neck-and-neck race between the two. When however the results of the rural districts came in later the many votes for the CDU made the final difference. With respect to the fight between Red and Green over the direct seat Erler had predicted that a "laughing third" may win. When he congratulated the winner von Marschall later in the evening he said: I saw the "laughing third".
|Gernot Erler congratulates Matern von Marschall looking into the eyes of the "laughing third" (©BZ).|