The SPD becomes the strongest party. It defies the federal trend and, with Peter Tschentscher, will continue to provide the mayor.
SPD top candidate Peter Tschentscher cheers after the first forecast Photo: Axel Heimken/dpa
At 6 p.m. sharp, frenetic cheers erupt in the SPD headquarters at Kurt Schumacher House. The SPD is at around 38 percent, more than 12 percentage points ahead of the Greens. Peter Tschentscher will thus become governing mayor once again. "That was a great final spurt," said a delighted SPD faction leader Dirk Kienscherf.