- Title: GERMANY: PEOPLE VOTE IN STATE ELECTIONS IN SAARLAND.
- Date: 5th September 2004
- Summary: (W4)SAARBRUECKEN, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 5, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WS: OF STREET LINED WITH ELECTION POSTERS. 0.04 2. CU: POSTERS SHOWING SOCIAL DEMOCRAT (SPD) CONTENDER HEIKO MAAS ON LEFT, ON RIGHT INCUMBENT STATE PREMIER PETER MUELLER OF THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS (CDU). 0.09 3. WS: OF POSTERS. 0.14 (W4)SAARLOUIS, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 5, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4. WS/INTERIOR: VOTERS ENTERING SCHOOL USED AS POLLING STATION. 0.21 5. CU: VOTE COUNTING MACHINE. 0.24 6. MV: VOTING OFFICIALS SEATED AT DESK. 0.32 7. SCU: OFFICIAL TAKING NOTES. 0.38 8. MV/INTERIOR: MORE VOTERS ARRIVING AT POLLING STATION. / PAN TO MAN IN VOTING BOOTH. 0.56 9. TRACK/INTERIOR: SOCIAL DEMOCRAT (SPD) CONTENDER HEIKO MAAS ARRIVING AT POLLING STATION. 1.02 10. MV: MAAS SHAKING HANDS WITH VOTING OFFICIALS. 1.17 11. CU: OF MAAS. 1.22 12. SCU: OFFICIAL TAKING NOTES./ PAN TO MAAS. 1.34 13. MV/SCU: MAAS POSING FOR CAMERAS./ WOMAN TALKING TO PHOTOGRAPHER. (3 SHOTS) 1.52 14. SCU: SOUNDBITE (German) HEIKO MAAS, SOCIAL DEMOCRAT (SPD) CONTENDER SAYING: "My mood is good. All that is missing now are the votes. They must arrive by 6 p.m. (1600 GMT)." Reporter's Question: Are you confident? MASS SAYING: "I am confident. I heard a lot of positive things over the last few days. We got a lot of support while campaigning in the street and that is why I believe we will get a good result." 2.13 15. SCU: MAAS WALKING OFF. 2.21 (W4)EPPELBORN, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 5, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 16. TRACK: INCUMBENT STATE PREMIER PETER MUELLER OF THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS (CDU) ARRIVING AT POLLING STATION. 2.29 17. CU: SIGN READING "EPPELBORN CONSTITUENCY" 2.33 18. SCU: MUELLER POSING FOR CAMERAS. 2.35 19. CU: PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PICTURES. 2.37 20. CU/PULL BACK/MV: MUELLER CASTING BALLOT. 2.46 21. SCU: CAMERA CREWS FILMING. 2.49 22. SCU: MUELLER LEAVING POLLING STATION. 2.56 23. SCU: SOUNDBITE (German) PETER MUELLER, INCUMBENT STATE PREMIER oF THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS (CDU) SAYING: "I believe our chances today are not so bad at all." 3.02 24. VARIOUS: MUELLER WALKING OFF, SURROUNDED BY REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS. 3.17 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: SAARBRUECKEN & SAARLOUIS & EPPELBORN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
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- Story Text: German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social
Democrats face a heavy defeat in an election in Saarland,
the first in a series of regional ballots which will pass
judgement on on his unpopular reform measures.
Voters in the small state of Saarland on the French
border on Sunday (September 5) are expected to re-elect the
popular conservative state premier Peter Mueller, handing
landslide victory over Schroeder's SPD compared to a narrow
win in the last race five years ago.
"I believe our chances today are not so bad at all,"
Mueller told reporters tongue in cheek in Eppelborn on
Sunday morning (September 5) after casting his ballot. Recent
opinion surveys project Muellers Christian
Democrats to win 51 percent of the vote, above the 45.5
percent won five years ago. The SPD and their 38-year-old
leader Heiko Maas are expected to win 30 percent, down from
The SPD had ruled Saarland, Germanys second smallest
state with 1.1 million inhabitants, since 1985 before
losing in 1999. But SPD leaders have already written
Saarland off, hoping for
better results in Brandenburg in two weeks.
While Mueller's local popularity is indisputable and
Maas has made errors on his own, anger at Schroeder and his
economic reforms also feature in the Saarland election,
In the town of Saarlouis, SPD contender Heiko Maas told
reporters "my mood is good. All that is missing now are the
Voter disdain for Schroeder's unpopular reforms of the
welfare and jobless benefits are also expected to spill
over into regional polls on September 19 in eastern states
Brandenburg. The SPD may just hold onto power in
First exit polls, often only marginally different from
final results, are expected when polling stations close at
6 p.m. (1600 GMT).
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