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MSzP giddily spins mixed results in weekend by-elections

Elections

Though an independent candidate won a weekend by-election in Nyírbátor and the Fidesz candidate won in Vác, MSzP party spokesman Zsolt Török was positively effusive about the results and of the would-be left-wing coalition’s chances to overcome the current Fidesz-KDNP majority in the 2014 parliamentary election.

In the election for representation of Nyírbátor, independent candidate Balázs Baracsi won a resounding 57.2% of the vote to top Fidesz-KDNP Gábor Barna and Adrienn Fazekas-Virág, who garnered 26.9% and 15.9%, respectively.

In an interesting display of spin, Török presented evidence of mounting dissatisfaction of the governing coalition in not only the defeat of Fidesz and Jobbik candidates in Nyírbátor, but also in the low turnout for the by-election in Vác.

After earning some 860 votes in Vác in the 2010 parliamentary election, the 384 ballots cast for Fidesz-KDNP’s candidate shows a “drastic decline” in support within the traditionally right-wing voting district, argued Török, and shows that “voters want a change of government.”

Ágnes Kovács won the Vác vote with 43.4% of ballots cast; MSzp/Democratic Coalition (DK) joint candidate Attila Terényi was runner-up with 35.6%. Jobbik’s Henrietta Garancz-Homoki managed just 6.2% support; the remainder of the field was comprised by independent candidates Mihály Zsoldos (with 9.1% support), István Kiss (3.4%) and Péter Oberkamp (2.3%).

Pushing his cause further, Török also reminded of last weekend’s by-election victory which saw left-wing coalition candidate Sándor Ladányi taking 52.6% of the votes in Szigetszentmiklós in the first such vote in 2014; Mrs.Tamás Keller of Fidesz placed second on the multi-candidate ballot with 29.4%.

Despite not fielding a candidate in the Nyírbátor by-election, Török thanked all those who contributed to the victory – a victory he labeled a “win” for the left-wing and/or anti-Orbán elements in proclaiming, “After winning in Nyírbátor and Szigetszentmiklós, we’ll keep moving forward.”

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