2009 German federal election
All 598 seats (plus 24 overhangs) in the
312 seats were needed for a majority
Results of the second vote by state.
Federal elections took place on 27 September 2009 to elect the members of the 17th
Foreign minister and
The election campaign was considered exceptionally boring, which may be attributable to a perceived lack of charisma on the part of the leaders of the CDU and SPD. Another reason pointed to for the sedate campaign is that the CDU and SPD both defended the record of their grand coalition, as well as facing the possibility of having to continue the grand coalition in a friendly manner. Merkel was content with the low-key campaign style, which was largely seen as benefiting her party because of her high approval ratings.
One of the lighter moments in the campaign came when CDU candidate
The federal election was the final and most important election in what is called a Superwahljahr (super election year) in Germany. In addition to the election of a new Bundestag, also scheduled for 2009 were the election to the