In his home town of barnfels, thomas mainusch, direct candidate for the bundestag, received just 7.08 percent of the vote. The afd candidate peterka, on the other hand, wins 13 seats in the obertrubach district.3 percent. In birkenreuth the lawyer from bayreuth even manages 20.45 percent; in niedermirsberg, the AFD man can even muster 26.5 percent of the first vote.
"We don’t have a mosque in niedermirsberg and I couldn’t detect any alienation in french-speaking switzerland either", thomas mainusch is irritated by the AFD’s unexpectedly good results. Peterka interprets the double-digit results he was able to achieve as follows. "Rooted CSU sympathizers have come to us more strongly." The fact that the results in the small districts were so exorbitantly high was due to the fact that, because of the number of voters, the individual vote had a greater weight.
According to peterka, you don’t need any major social issues to vote for the afd. "Where there are intact family ties, as in the countryside, the discrepancy between what politics has to offer and what people feel is particularly glaring" finds peterka. So the choice of the AFD was logical.
Ebermannstadt’s deputy mayor sebastian gotz can’t explain the election results in his home municipality. "I don’t know what content the AFD scored with. And I’ve never seen an AFD candidate here in niedermirsberg. I stand in view of this election result before a ratsel", admits gotz.
And how can it be explained that the left has cracked the five percent mark in hiltpoltstein and grafenberg, in pretzfeld, egloffstein and in the market town of wiesenttal?? "I think it has the same cause as here", finds tobias peterka.
However, he believes that "it is not the former union voters who have defected here, but the disappointed social democrats" are. Sebastian sommerer, according to thomas mainusch, was not elected as a communist, but as "the better social democrat" perceived. He says that his origin – sommerer comes from an agricultural business – and his professional career via the "second educational path" are the main reasons for his success met.
The free voters had become afraid of their own courage, mainusch is self-critical. His own comrades-in-arms had repeatedly told him that the free voters had no chance at all at the federal level. The fact that the free voters were able to break the five-percent barrier in the communities of the district of forchheim, but in the communities of the district of bayreuth they were only among the "farthest-flung" mainusch attributes this to the fact that the free voters were still not perceived as a party. "Apparently, the voters see us as convinced, committed individual campaigners, but not as a unit.", regrets the bundestag direct candidate from barnfels, who does not want to be discouraged by it however.
"We can only take note of the result", finds sebastian gotz. But the parties had to think about why voters voted the way they did and not differently. According to gotz, these reasons need to be determined and the right consequences drawn from them.
Comment by josef hofbauer:
No trace of electoral muddy-headedness. At least, that is what the results of sunday’s federal election showed. Only the fewest had counted on the fact that the afd with a two-digit result into the german bundestag was to move in.
Now both the CSU and the SPD are equally dismayed at how this could have happened. The wrong ones have been punished, says silke launert (CSU), for example, who won her seat in the electoral district of bayreuth-forchheim.
But the result is not that difficult to understand. The afd voters were dissatisfied with the policies of angela merkel (CSU), sigmar gabriel (SPD) and their entourage. People do not feel understood, not taken seriously.
It’s no wonder that pensions are still below the subsistence level, that it’s no longer the doctor who decides which medications a patient needs, but the health insurance company, that people have no job security and are increasingly worried about their livelihood.
Mere promises are of no help. Especially not on the part of the afd. But the disenchantment in the eyes of the electorate with the failure of the "grand coalition" is a real challenge was so strong that people at the ballot box made their crosses with afd. Even though no one from this party ever showed up in the town during the entire election campaign, when the voters didn’t even know which face was behind the name.
Sheer frustration is also the reason why in the bayreuth electoral district – and not only here – the left was able to win a total of more than five percent of the votes. The region between ebermannstadt, hollfeld, gefrees, pegnitz and betzenstein is not known as a communist stronghold. What the SPD achieved for the citizens in the last legislative period did not go down well with the electorate.
The messages of the parties, whether CDU/CSU, SPD or free voters, were simply not perceived by the voters. There is also a reason for this.
The parties are given less and less time on television programs to explain their position on an issue. Explaining the concept for a sustainable energy policy in 20 seconds is just as doomed to failure as explaining the ideas for the further digitalization of our society. The consequence: instead of arguments, politicians deliver worthulsen, phrases, air bubbles. And they sound similar for all parties. That is why the afd refrained from the outset from trying to convey content. Their stylistic device for the election campaign was emotion.
So it is high time to return to content. And to take seriously the concerns and fears of the voters.