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German Federal Election: Candidates for Chancellor since 1949

Info by Collin McNeil | 2022-03-13 at 17:51

The following table shows all chancellor candidates of the CDU/CSU and the SPD since the first elections to the German Bundestag in 1949.

In addition to the candidates listed in the second and third column of the table, in the fourth and thereby last column of the table, you can find the candidate, which made the race and was elected as federal chancellor.

ElectionCandidate CDU/CSUCandidate SPDFederal Chancellor
1949Konrad AdenauerKurt SchumacherKonrad Adenauer (CDU)
1953Konrad AdenauerErich OllenhauerKonrad Adenauer (CDU)
1957Konrad AdenauerErich OllenhauerKonrad Adenauer (CDU)
1961Konrad AdenauerWilly BrandtKonrad Adenauer (CDU)
1965Ludwig ErhardWilly BrandtLudwig Erhard (CDU)
1969Kurt Georg KiesingerWilly BrandtWilly Brandt (SPD)
1972Rainer BarzelWilly BrandtWilly Brandt (SPD)
1976Helmut KohlHelmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt (SPD)
1980Franz Josef StraußHelmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt (SPD)
1983Helmut KohlHans-Jochen VogelHelmut Kohl (CDU)
1987Helmut KohlJohannes RauHelmut Kohl (CDU)
1990Helmut KohlOskar LafontaineHelmut Kohl (CDU)
1994Helmut KohlRudolf ScharpingHelmut Kohl (CDU)
1998Helmut KohlGerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder (SPD)
2002Edmund StoiberGerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder (SPD)
2005Angela MerkelGerhard SchröderAngela Merkel (CDU)
2009Angela MerkelFrank-Walter SteinmeierAngela Merkel (CDU)
2013Angela MerkelPeer SteinbrückAngela Merkel (CDU)
2017Angela MerkelMartin SchulzAngela Merkel (CDU)
2021Armin LaschetOlaf ScholzOlaf Scholz (SPD)

The candidate with the most runs for election was Helmut Kohl (CDU/CSU) with six times, followed by Angela Merkel, Willy Brandt and Konrad Adenauer (each four times).


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