EP/Municipal Election Day 2024: Results (Live Updates)


MTI/Judit Ruprech

The results of the 2024 EP/Municipal Elections in Hungary are now trickling in. Follow our live updates about the race for Budapest Mayor, EP mandates, and more!

02.12 a.m. - Karácsony Takes the Lead in Budapest, But Recount Likely

With about 96.6% of votes counted, Gergely Karácsony took the lead from Dávid Vitézy! He now leads with 177 votes. The processing of votes slowly will inch towards 100% in the next few hours, but since there are a total of at least 23,582 invalid votes, and considering the slim margin, whoever wins tonight, a recount is likely.

This concludes the BBJ's coverage of the 2024 EP/Municipal Elections in Hungary. More results to follow in the morning.

1.41 a.m. - Karácsony and Vitézy Still Neck and Neck

It's now well past midnight, and the electoral battle between Gergely Karácsony and Dávid Vitézy is still no closer to a conclusion. At the moment, Vitézy still leads by circa 300 votes ahead of Karácsony, with 93.28% of votes counted. Whoever wins in the end, a recount is more than likely.

According to NVI, Fidesz is set to win the Budapest party-list election, with 28.81% of the votes, meaning 11 delegates in the city council. Not far behind is the Tisza Party, with 27.3% (10 mandates). The DK-MSZP-Párbeszéd coalition, backing the incumbent Mayor of Budapest Karácsony stands with 16.56% (6 delegates, ahead of LMP-Vitézy Dáviddal Budapestért Association (10.15%, 3 mandates) and MKKP (7.84%, 2 mandates). About 85.38% of capital party-list ballots have been processed thus far.

1.30 a.m. - Orbán Assesses Results

Photo by MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák

The Hungarian people have made it clear that those who turn against their country in Brussels will be punished, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President of Fidesz, said early on Monday, assessing the results of the local government and European Parliament elections in the Bálna in Budapest, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The prime minister thanked Fidesz and KDNP activists for the "fantastic work" they had done over the past 60 days.

The PM sent a message to Fidesz supporters, volunteers, and activists, saying that they had defeated the old and the new opposition, saying that no matter what the opposition is called, they will always be defeated again and again.

1.05 a.m. - Opposition Wins Győr

The NVI has just declared Bence Pintér as the new mayor of Győr. The opposition candidate, backed by Momentum, LMP, and local association TSZV, won 31.15% of the vote ahead of incumbent Fidesz-KDNP mayor András Csaba Dézsi (30.4%).

In Budapest, Dávid Vitézy is hanging on to an about 1,000 vote lead ahead of Gergely Karácsony, with 87% of votes counted.

In the EP election, Fidesz leads with 44% of the vote (11 mandates) ahead of the Tisza Party (30.3%, 7 mandates). In third, the DK-MSZP-P coalition stands at 8.25% (2 mandates), with Mi Hazánk in fourth, gaining 6.74% (1 mandate).

0.40 a.m. - Karácsony Gaining on Vitézy

With almost 80% of votes processed, Gergely Karácsony has narrowed his gap to Vitézy to just 1,050 votes! Vitézy now has 47.51% of votes ahead of Karácsony's 47.33%.

0.08 a.m. - EP Update

According to the National Election Office (NVI), with 60% of votes counted, Fidesz-KDNP has 43.78% of the vote (11 EP mandates), ahead of the Tisza Party (30.71%, 7 seats). The MSZP-DK-Párbeszéd coalition has 8.25% (2 seats), ahead of Mi Hazánk (6.78%), earning them one seat in the EP.

In Budapest, it is still anyone's game, with 67% of ballots processed. Vitézy retains a slim lead with 47.64%, ahead of incumbent Gergely Karácsony (47.15%). Vitézy's lead has been hovering around 0.5 percentage points for the past 30 minutes.

In Győr, with nearly 96% of votes processed opposition candidate Bence Pintér (31.2%) is now ahead of incumbent Fidesz-KDNP mayor András Csaba Dézsi (30.37%) by less than a point. Zsolt Borkai is in third with 27.05%. While Győr has been a Fidesz stronghold for years, the reappearance of Borkai seems to have split the conservative vote, giving an opening to the opposition to potentially take the county seat.

Péter Magyar casting his vote on June 9. Photo by MTI/Róbert Hegedüs.

11.45 p.m. - Karácsony and Vitézy Almost Level

In the capital, the race is neck and neck! With almost 56% of ballots counted Karácsony is closing in on Vitézy. The incumbent mayor now has 47.12% of votes, just behind Vitézy's 47.67%. This corresponds to a slim, 2,300 vote lead for Vitézy at the moment.

In Győr, the race for mayor is incredibly close, with nearly 93% of votes processed. Incumbent Fidesz-KDNP mayor András Csaba Dézsi is leading by only 26 votes ahead of opposition candidate Bence Pintér.

Elsewhere, in Szolnok, the opposition candidate Mihály Győrfi is ahead by a single point against incumbent Fidesz-KDNP mayor Ferenc Szalay, with 97% of ballots counted.

11.25 p.m. - First EP Results In

The first EP election results are now in! With 40% of ballots counted, Fidesz-KDNP currently leads with 43.77% of votes counted, corresponding to 11 mandates in the EP. Péter Magyar's Tisza Party is in second with a strong showing, gathering 31.07% of votes (7 mandates). The DK-MSZP-Párbeszéd coalition is a distant third with 8.23% (2 mandates), ahead of the far-right Mi Hazánk party (6.82%, 1 EP seat). Both MKKP and Momentum are hovering just above 3%, which is not enough to gain a single EP seat.

11 p.m. - Tight Battle in Győr

The three-way battle in Győr remains very tight, with 83.5% of votes counted. Incumbent Fidesz-KDNP Mayor András Csaba Dézsi is leading with 30.58% of votes ahead of opposition candidate Bence Pintér (30.36%), corresponding to an unbelievably narrow gap of just over 100 votes! Former mayor Zsolt Borkai is in third with 27.63%.

10.45 p.m. - EP Election Results Expected Soon

The first results of the EP vote are expected to come in after 11 p.m., when voting closes in Italy. In Budapest, Vitézy still leads, but his lead keeps slowly shrinking in terms of percentages. He now has 48.83% of counted votes against Karácsony's 45.65%, corresponding to an about 5,600 vote lead, with 25.18% of ballots counted.

In Budapest, the opposition is likely to win District XII, which was led for a long time by Fidesz's Zoltán Pokorni. The Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP), which started out as a joke party is now set to have a mayor in one of Budapest's districts, thanks to the strong showing by the party's co-president Gergely Kovács, who opened up a commanding 14-point lead over Fidesz-KDNP candidate Krisztina Fonti, with more than 76% of the ballots counted.

10.15 p.m. - Vitézy's Lead Narrows

In Budapest, with a bit more than 13% of votes counted, Vitézy still leads ahead of Karácsony, however his lead has narrowed. He now has 49.28% of counted votes against Karácsony's 45.25%. Taking a look at the votes for party lists in the capital, with just 3% of ballots counted, Fidesz is leading with 31.1%, with Péter Magyar's Tisza party in second place (26.8%). In third the Párbeszéd-DK-MSZP list backing Gergely Karácsony has 15.8%, while the LMP-Vitézy Dáviddal Budapestért Association backing Dávid Vitézy has a hair under 10%. MKKP, the Two-Tailed Dog Party is also set to gain mandates in the Budapest leadership with 7% as things stand right now, while Momentum is under the 5% threshold at the moment.

9.55 p.m. - Fidesz Retakes Miskolc

Fidesz retakes the northern county seat of Miskolc from the opposition! With almost 78% of votes counted, Fidesz-KDNP candidate József Tóth Szántai is set to become the Mayor of Miskolc ahead of DK-LMP-MSZP-Momentum backed candidate László Lajos Barkai with a nearly 20-point lead. The result comes after incumbent opposition-backed mayor Pál Veres decided not to run again earlier this spring.

9.35 p.m. - First Results

While the results of the EP vote are still more than an hour away, the results of the Municipal Election in Hungary are slowly trickling in. In the capital, LMP-Greens candidate Dávid Vitézy is leading with 50.3% of the vote ahead of the incumbent Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony (43.84%), with only about 3% of votes processed. The race seemed to be a relatively easy task for Karácsony until Friday, when Fidesz candidate Alexandra Szentkirályi announced her withdrawal from the race in favor of Vitézy. After her announcement, several Fidesz politicians called on their supporters to vote for Vitézy.

Elsewhere in the country, the united opposition's 2022 candidate for PM Péter Márki-Zay (leading with 55.1% of the vote) is set to win another term as Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely ahead of Fidesz-KDNP candidate István Grezsa (38.03%), with more than 90% of the ballots counted. Another interesting race to look out for is in Győr, where incumbent Fidesz mayor András Csaba Dézsi is facing off against opposition candidate Bence Pintér (backed by local organization Tiszta Szívvel a Városért, LMP-Greens, and Momentum), as well as Zsolt Borkai, backed by his own Borkaival Közösen a Jövőnkért association. Zsolt Borkai used to reign as the Fidesz-backed mayor of the city until a sex and corruption scandal resulted in his resignation about five years ago. At the moment, Dézsi is leading (30.94%(, ahead of Pintér (30.19%), with Borkai in third place (27.29%), with almost 58% of votes counted.

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