Mattle: The general conditions were difficult
The framework conditions were of course difficult, but it was definitely worth “approaching people,” said Mattle when he voted for the APA. “I think a good threesome is possible,” said the 59-year-old, the former mayor of Galtür in the Paznaun Valley. The People’s Party was forecast to suffer severe losses. The state party had brought in 44.26 percent under the still governor Günther Platter in 2018, most recently, like her, the majority of the surveys were only around 30 percent or even significantly lower. It is unclear whether Mattle can survive in the event of a debacle.
“Definitely a 2”
Without exception, those candidates who go to the ballot box away from Mattle on Sunday cast their votes in municipalities in the Innsbruck-Land district. SPÖ leader Dornauer votes early in the morning in his home town of Sellrain, where he is the mayor. Dornauer emphasized that he “clearly had a ‘2’” before the result – in 2018 the SPÖ had landed at 17.25 percent – and wanted to keep second place.
Tyrol’s FPÖ leader Markus Abwerzger was the last to come directly from a forest run to his polling station in Axams at around 12 noon. Abwerzger, who had proclaimed the “Duel for Tyrol” against the ÖVP, expects a “significant plus”. If you could overtake the SPÖ, that would be “the icing on the cake,” he explained. Abwerzger did not want to specify the result from which he would maintain his claim to be governor.
“It will probably be the second-best result in history”
A few kilometers further, in Oberperfuss, the top candidate on the Fritz list, Andrea Haselwanter-Schneider, had previously cast her vote. “It will probably be the second-best result in the history of the Fritz list,” said the top candidate, who came to the polling station with her husband, optimistically. MFG’s top candidate, Elfriede Hörtnagl-Zofall, walking to the ballot box in her home town of Kematen (district of Innsbruck-Land), accompanied by her husband and daughter. There is no question for them that they will crack the five percent hurdle contrary to the poll forecasts and move into the state parliament with their party.
Plate: “I made the right choice”
Governor Platter also went to the ballot box on Sunday. Walking in the direction of the culture hall of the municipality of Zams in light rain, he did not want to make a statement to the APA. “I made the right choice,” he said simply after he had voted and walked away again.
2 of the top candidates had already completed their election task in advance. Both Green Gebi Mair and NEOS list leader Dominik Oberhofer cast their votes by post during the week.