The "heart chamber" Dortmund remains red, a Christian Democrat moves into the Dusseldorf City Hall: SPD and CDU can book successes in the local runoff elections in NRW. The Greens should cheer the loudest.

In the mayor’s runoff elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, the SPD and CDU each achieved success in the two most competitive cities.

The SPD defended its "heart chamber" Dortmund. Here Thomas Westphal prevailed with 52 percent of the vote. The duel in the largest city in the Ruhr area had been followed with tension: 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 and justified it with their wish for a change of policy in the town hall. Since 1946, the SPD has permanently appointed the mayor in Dortmund.

Also in the former CDU stronghold Monchengladbach The SPD had a surprise success on the Lower Rhine: Felix Heinrichs, who was only 31 years old, won 74 percent against his CDU rival Frank Boss. In Krefeld and Bielefeld the SPD defended the top office in the town hall.

CDU man Keller moves into Dusseldorf City Hall

The CDU captured the town hall in Dusseldorf and is now for the first time again providing the mayor of the capital of a large German state. CDU politician Stephan Keller won the runoff election against incumbent Thomas Geisel from the SPD. The 50-year-old city director of Cologne was just under 56 percent. Hostage came to 44 percent. He admitted defeat and congratulated his challenger. Six years after the takeover by the SPD, the mayor’s office in the North Rhine-Westphalian state capital is back in CDU hands.

CDU successes also in Oberhausen, Munster and Mulheim

The CDU recorded further successes in the Ruhr area city Oberhausen and in bourgeois Munster: Oberhausen’s Lord Mayor Daniel Schranz got 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 Muenster will also continue to be ruled by a CDU politician: Markus Lewe asserted himself in the runoff election with 52.6 percent of the votes against the Green candidate Peter Todeskino.

In her hometown Mulheim Former Lower Saxony Environment Minister Monika Greifahn (SPD) suffered a defeat: CDU man Marc Buchholz won through with 56.9 percent of the vote. The previous mayor, Ulrich Scholten (SPD), did not run again. The CDU had last appointed the town hall chief 18 years ago.

Reker remains mayor in Cologne

In the only megacity in North Rhine-Westphalia Cologne The non-party incumbent Henriette Reker remains Lord Mayor. With more than 60 percent she is unassailable in front of her SPD challenger Andreas Kossiski. Reker was supported by the Greens and the CDU in the election campaign.

Green mayors in big cities

For the first time there is a Green Lord Mayor in North Rhine-Westphalia: Green politician Uwe Schneidewind became the new Lord Mayor of Wuppertal elected. The 54-year-old joint candidate of the Greens and CDU prevailed against incumbent Andreas Mucke (SPD) with 53.5 percent of the vote. In the former federal capital Bonn The Green Katja Dorner prevailed with 56.3 percent against the CDU incumbent Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, who came to 43.7 percent.

The home town of Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) is also going green: Aachen With Sibylle Keupen gets a green mayor for the first time (67.4 percent of the vote). CDU candidate Harald Baal came to 32.6 percent.

Runoff elections in 128 municipalities

In most municipalities, the decision had already been made on September 13th, as a candidate there won the absolute majority required in the first ballot. Runoff elections for the mayor, mayor and district administrator positions had become necessary in 128 municipalities.

In the most populous federal state, the CDU had clearly won the first ballot two weeks ago. Despite heavy losses, the SPD remained the second strongest force. The Greens recorded their best result in a NRW local election in the first round. .