Czech Senate results with 66 % of the vote in: ČSSD leading in 12 districts, ODS in 10
With two-thirds of the electoral districts in the Senate race counted yesterday evening, Czech Social Democratic candidates were leading in 12 of them; this is the number of senators they need to gain more than half of the seats in the upper chamber. The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) won in 10 districts and may ultimately defend all 18 of its seats. However, the Social Democrats were making progress in 22 of 27 districts.
TOP 09 had an opportunity to win in two districts and a week from now their candidates may figure in runoffs in another three. The Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) led in a single district and were advancing in two others. The Public Affairs Party (Věcí veřejne - VV), the Independents' Movement (hnutí Nezávislí), the Unaffiliated (Nestraníky) and NorthBohemians.cz (Severočechů.cz) will probably make it to the second round.
In the Liberec region, Senate chair Přemysl Sobotka (ODS) has convincingly defeated Liberec Governor Stanislav Eichler (ČSSD). In the Česky Krumlov district, Senator Tomáš Jirsa (ODS) also showed a significant lead over Vladimír Špidla, the former European Commissioner, Prime Minister and ČSSD chair. In the Tábor district, it seems Senator Pavel Eybert (ODS) will face off against former minister Jan Mládek (ČSSD), while in the Plzeň district they will decide next week between the Vice-Chair of the Senate Jiří Šneberger (ODS) and council member Dagmar Terelmešova (ČSSD).
On the other hand, ODS will probably lose the Kutnohorsko and Blanensko districts. The former deputy speaker of the lower house, Lucie Talmannová (ODS), will not be representing Kutnohorsko in the Senáte, and neither will any of the other four female candidates, including the acting head of the KDU-ČSL, Michaela Šojdrova. Former footballer Karel Jarůšek (ODS) will probably lose the race in Blanensko and won't make it to the runoff. ČSSD is ahead in both districts.
In Hodonín, Czech MP Zdeněk Škromach, the ČSSD vice-chair, is ahead. Right-wing candidates were ahead in three Prague districts, but results were only available from a few dozen.
None of the candidates has gotten anywhere near more than 50 % of the votes and therefore the opportunity to be immediately elected. According to results published on the web server www.volby.cz yesterday evening, 44.33 % of eligible voters went to the polls for the Senate race.
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