Candidates, Manipulations and Wikipedia

CDU und SPD: absolute (dark color) and relative (light) constituency gainsLast update for today. As you can see, the major constituencies for the SPD were in the Ruhr Area, a metropolitan area (actually the most dense population area in Europe) and still the SPD stronghold in NRW. The rest of the state chose CDU this time, but it will probably take the SPD longer than the coming legislative period to retake it.

On another note, factor menos reports about a Reuters that the German Wikipedia entries for Jürgen Rüttgers and Peer Steinbrück have suspiciously many changes in the last days. German magazine Spiegel Online wrote about it, too. Taking a closer look, there are 50 changes only for today, but also revisions by other Wikipedia users - the encyclopedia cleans itself, as usual.

Last extrapolation update for today (it's almost midnight): It's identical to my former post. I guess the numbers won't change much anymore.

Good fight, good night.
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Anonymous mlg in ga said ... 5/23/2005 02:57:00 AM

just came over from davids medienkritik...thanks for helping an american make some sense of these results.    



Blogger Grendel said ... 5/23/2005 09:00:00 AM

You're welcome :-)
There might be one or two additions coming up today, since many votes have to be counted and published, but the political consequences are far more extensive than expected by anyone.

Paradoxically, the outcome of the election wasn't that much of a surprise, most polls saw the conservatives win - but I don't remember any analyst mentioning the effect on the national government.    



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