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.