Josef hofbauer since shortly before 6 p.M., atila karabag, the direct candidate of the forchheim SPD for the bavarian state parliament, had been waiting for good news in the currywosch house. In vain. In the company of two dozen friends, he had to acknowledge the worst performance of the social democrats in bavaria ever.
"I am mablos disappointed", conceded karabag in view of the 6.57 percent of the electoral votes he was able to muster. This was well below the national result of less than ten percent. Nevertheless, karabag was convinced: "we have addressed the right issues. Education and housing are key issues affecting all citizens. Why the SPD could not turn this into an electoral success is a mystery to him.
The mayor of forchheim, uwe kirschstein (SPD), was equally stunned. Apparently, voters behave differently in state and federal politics. Even the SPD’s regional successes did not give the party a boost.