2003 Bavarian state election

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Bavaria state election, 2003

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All 180 seats in the Landtag of Bavaria
  First party Second party Third party
  DrEdmundStoiber.jpg 8247ri-Franz Maget.jpg SeppDaxenberger1086.jpg
Leader Edmund Stoiber Franz Maget Sepp Daxenberger
Party CSU SPD Green
Last election 123 seats 67 seats 14 seats
Seats won 124 41 15
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 26 Increase 1
Percentage 60.7% 19.6% 7.7%
Swing Increase 7.8% Decrease 9.1% Increase 2.1%

Minister President before election

Edmund Stoiber

Resulting Minister President

Edmund Stoiber

The Bavaria state election, 2003, was conducted on 21 September 2003, to elect members to the Landtag (state legislature) of Bavaria.

Issues and campaign


e • d Summary of the 21 September 2003 election results for the Landtag of Bavaria
Party Ideology Vote % (change) Seats (change) Seats %
Christian Social Union (CSU) Christian democracy, Centre-right 60.7% +7.8 124 +1 68.9%
Social Democratic Party (SPD) Social democracy, Centre-left 19.6% −9.1 41 −26 22.8%
Alliance '90/The Greens Environmental, Centre-left 7.7% +2.1 15 +1 8.3%
Free Voters (FW) Regional, Centre-right 4.0% +0.4
Free Democratic Party (FDP) Classical liberal, Centre-right 2.6% +0.9
Republicans (Die Republikaner) Right-wing 2.2% −1.4
Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP) Environmental, Centre-right 2.0% +0.2
Bavaria Party (BP) Secessionist, Centre-right 0.8% +0.0
Party of Bible-believing Christians (PBC) Religious right 0.2% +0.1
Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (BüSo) LaRouche movement 0.1% +0.1
Party for Rights, Freedom, Health (AUFBRUCH) Environmental 0.1% +0.1
All Others 0.1% −1.0
Total 100.0%   180 -24 100.0%

Turnout was at 57.1%, far below the 1998 election's turnout of 69.8%.

Seat results -- SPD in red, CSU in black, Greens in green


  • The CSU was once again able to form a government without coalition partners, as it had been able to do in Bavaria since 1962.
  • The CSU's winning of over 2/3 of the seats in the new Landtag was the strongest showing for any party in German electoral history. No party had ever been able to form a super-majority of over 2/3 of the seats in any Landtag before or since.
  • In the years that followed this electoral triumph, lethargy—perhaps induced partly by so many years of one-party rule—set in. The CSU became ever more unpopular, until the next election in 2008, wherein its support plummeted.

See also


  • Results of 2003 Bavaria state election
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