(act. 14.05.2022 21:30)
NWR: CDU Prime Minister Wüst faces SPD challenger Kuchaty
In North Rhine-Westphalia, a new state parliament will be elected on Sunday (from 8 a.m.). Around 13 million people are entitled to vote in Germany’s most populous federal state.
In several surveys, a tight race between the CDU and SPD has recently emerged. With around 30 to 32 percent, the CDU was only just ahead of the SPD with 28 to 29 percent. According to surveys, the CDU/FDP coalition that has been in office since 2017 no longer has a majority. The outcome of the election and possible future coalitions are considered completely open.
The CDU is running with Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (46), who has only been in office since the end of October, as the top candidate. His challenger is the SPD state party leader and former state justice minister Thomas Kutschaty (53). Wüst had succeeded Armin Laschet as head of government in North Rhine-Westphalia, who had failed as a candidate for Union chancellor in the federal election.
Even more than the elections in Saarland in March and in Schleswig-Holstein last Sunday, the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia, known as the “small federal election”, is of national political importance. It is considered the most important mood test for the federal parties and the traffic light coalition in Berlin.
The polling stations in North Rhine-Westphalia are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Voter turnout in 2017 was 65.2 percent.