The official end result of the runoff election could result in even smaller shifts. Nevertheless, President Andrzej Duda will no longer be able to take the victory.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has almost secured a second term. In the runoff election on Sunday, the incumbent came after counting from almost 100 percent of the electoral districts to 51.2 percent of the vote, as the election commission announced. His challenger, the liberal Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, reached 48.8 percent. The official end result could be even smaller shifts, but with a lead of almost half a million votes Duda should not be able to take the victory.
In the first forecasts, only a difference of less than one percentage point separated Duda from Trzaskowski. Nevertheless, the president described himself as the winner in a first reaction. “Long live Poland! Winning the election with a 70 percent stake is extraordinary news. I’m touched. Thanks to my countrymen,” said the national conservative politician on election evening in Pułtusk, about 60 kilometers north of Warsaw. Later he spoke of a “victory, currently according to forecasts”.
Voter turnout was high despite the coronavirus pandemic. According to forecasts, it was 67.9 percent.