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SVP losses in St. Gallen and Schwyz

In the parliament of St. Gallen, the SVP loses 6 of its previously 41 seats. The winners are the Green Liberals who got 4 additional seats. Even together with the Liberals, they no longer are the majority in parliament. The Social Democrats also win 6 seats. The SVP could defend its seat in the Cantonal Government but will on 29th April have to fight against the SP to get a second seat. SP man Fredy Fässler however is in the lead (85'759 against 53'071).

In the Canton of Schwyz, the SVP won a third seat in the Cantonal Government but lost 6 seats in parliament.
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Re: SVP losses in St. Gallen and Schwyz

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When I read in the newspapers that the SVP lost 6 seats out of 41 in St. Gallen & 6 seats out of 41 in Schwyz I thought it was a typing error.

I was not surprised by St Gallen result after the nationalrat vote but I was surprised by Schwyz; I thought Schwyz was a typical central Switzerland farmer stronghold of the SVP.

Losing 14% of their seats is a big loss.

SVP also lost 4 seats out of 18 in Uri!

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When I read in the newspapers that the SVP lost 6 seats out of 41 in St. Gallen & 6 seats out of 41 in Schwyz I thought it was a typing error.

I was not surprised by St Gallen result after the nationalrat vote but I was surprised by Schwyz; I thought Schwyz was a typical central Switzerland farmer stronghold of the SVP.

Losing 14% of their seats is a big loss.

SVP also lost 4 seats out of 18 in Uri!
Central Switzerland never was a stronghold of the SVP but of the CVP. It profited from the fact that many "Innerschwiizer" no longer identified themselves with the Catholic Party (CVP) but looked out for an alternative catering for their conservative notions. In the past 30 years however, modernisation and industrialisation reached remote areas and the resulting social changes made those areas into "swing states". Add to this that SVP Ayatollah Blocher 20 years ago looked "youngish" but now clearly starts to look "old" and you get it.

And here we come to the weakness of the present SVP. The traditonal strongholds of the BGB (to become SVP) were the rural areas of the Cantons of Bern, Thurgau, St. Gallen, plus rural areas of Graubünden and Schaffhausen, PLUS rural and small-industrial areas of Aargau and Solothurn. Mr Blocher, of Württemberg/Schaffhausen/Zürich orgin, in a well planned action, dismantled the old BGB leaderships in these regions and moved this right-of-centre party to the right and introduced the aggressive methods. But as in physics so in politics, the pendulum swings back. And this is the problem of that party. Its forte now are just the weaknesses of its rivals, an FDP still trying to fix its positions and a CVP still finding its ways between being the conservative Catholic party with some social left-of-centre notions.
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Re: SVP losses in St. Gallen and Schwyz

Is there a website that publishes the results as they come in? I'd like to see what's happening in my corner of the world
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Is there a website that publishes the results as they come in? I'd like to see what's happening in my corner of the world
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Re: SVP losses in St. Gallen and Schwyz; now Thurgau

Counting of votes in Thurgau for the Kantonal Rat is not yet complete but it looks almost certain that SVP will lose 12 out of the current 51 seats they hold. A bigger percentage loss than in St. Gallen and Schwyz.
Big wins forecast for GLP & BDP.

Other good news today is that Blocher said in a newspaper interview that he will not resign. Keep up the good work Christoph ; at the current rate of progress you might even manage to drive down the size of the SVP party back to what it was when you joined.

I was a bit premature; the SVP only lost 10 seats. Even so still a bigger percentage loss than in St. Gallen and Schwyz

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