Analysis of the parliamentary election in Hesse on 8 October 2023
Monitor Election and Social Research
FDP lose. In Hesse, as in Bavaria, the parties of the governing coalition on the federal level suffer losses. The AfD achieves its best result in a West German state. The Left Party is no longer represented in parliament after 15 years.
As a centrist party, the CDU scores both with the leadership of Minister President Boris Rhein and with competence in important issues. The SPD was unable to convince voters either with its candidate, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, or with its problem-solving skills. The Greens suffered heavy losses, especially in their core competence, climate and environmental policy. The AfD scored in the area of refugee and asylum policy. In addition, the gloomy economic mood is particularly influential among AfD supporters.