Voters create upset in Senate run-off ballot

The centre-left Social Democrats have won an additional seat in the Senate following an upset in Sunday’s run-off elections.

This content was published on November 21, 2011 - 09:56

The incumbent representative of the rightwing Swiss People’s Party finished only third in the race for the two canton Bern seats. Adrian Amstutz had been in the lead after the first vote last month.

The centre-right Conservative Democrats retained their seat.

In canton Ticino, the centre-right Christian Democrats and the Radicals – the two strongest groups in the senate – were returned.

Run-off elections became necessary in 11 cantons, after an inconclusive first round on October 23. More ballots are scheduled over the next two weekends.

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