Leadership will likely change across many provinces

Hilversum vote
Voters show up early to cast their ballots in Hilversum (photo: Gemeente Hilversum / Twitter)A voting station in Hilversum (photo: Gemeente Hilversum / Twitter)

Most of the votes from the 2015 Provincial Elections have been counted. The following results, projected per province, are based on information from Dutch public broadcaster NOS and newswire ANP.


The Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA), the labour party, lost a lot of ground in Noord-Holland. While in 2011 the PvdA had won 20 percent of votes, in Wednesday's election that share fell to 11.4 percent. The Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD), the liberal party who are a partner in the current coalition, also lost some support. D66, the democrats (Politieke Partij Democraten 66), gained the most support in this province, their votes increasing from 11.3 percent in 2011 to 15.4 percent. Also performing better than in 2011 were the animal rights party (Partij voor de Dieren, PvdD), the senior rights party 50Plus and the conservative Christian alliance comprising the Christian democrats (ChristenUnie, CU) and the Reformed Protestant party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, SGP). Conservative-liberal party (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie, VVD) is currently Noord-Holland's largest party, having gained 18.4 percent of the votes.


The governing parties struggled in Zuid-Holland. PvdA lost the most support, its votes dropping from 16.4 percent in 2011 to only 9.9 percent this year. VVD had a somewhat smaller setback, from 20.7 percent to 17.6 percent. D66 gained the most ground, its votes rising from 8.9 percent to 12.8 percent. SGP, CU, PvdD and 50Plus also performed better than in 2011. VVD is currently the largest party in the province with 17.6 percent of the votes.


D66 did very well in Utrecht, their votes increasing by 6.6 percent this year, which levels them with the VVD, who lost some support here. PvdA also lost a lot of ground in Utrecht. The leftist environmental party GroenLinks (GL) lost a bit of support, but CU, PvdD, SGP and 50Plus performed better than in 2011. D66 and VVD are currently the largest parties in the province with 17.3 percent of the votes each.


PvdA went from having the most support in Drenthe in 2011 to nearly leveling out with VVD and CDA. PvdA votes decreased from 26.4 percent in 2011 to 15.1 percent. VVD lost 3.8 percent of the support it had in 2011 and CDA lost 0.2 percent. The rest of the parties performed better than in 2011, notably D66, whose votes increased from 6.2 percent to 9.8 percent. The province's largest parties at this stage are VVD and PvdA with 15.1 percent of the votes each, and CDA slightly behind with 14.4 percent.


VVD and PvdA both lost a lot of support in Flevoland, but VVD remains the largest party in the province with 16.7 percent of the votes. D66 and CDA gained the most ground here. CU, 50Plus, PvdD and SGP also performed well.


CDA did very well in Friesland, currently forming the province's largest party with 20.7 percent of the votes, up from 17.6 percent in 2011. PvdA had a major setback here, its votes dropping from 23.6 percent in 2011 to 15.4 percent this year. SP, CU, D66 and 50Plus each gained some support.


VVD lost support in Gelderland, but remains the largest party here, having won 15.7 percent of the votes. D66 gained a lot of support and is currently the third-largest party in the province, with 12.7 percent of the votes. Once again, PvdA lost the most support. SP, CU, SGP, PvdD and 50Plus performed well.


PvdA took a major hit in Groningen, losing more than half the support it had in 2011, which was 24.8 percent of the votes. It is currently the second-largest party in the province, having gained 12.2 percent of the votes. SP received the most votes here, thus forming the largest party with 16.1 percent of the votes. CDA, GroenLinks and VVD lost some ground.  D66, CU and provincial party Groninger Belang performed better than in 2011.


CDA performed well in Limbrg and is now the largest party in the province, with 22.6 percent of the votes. PVV lost some support here, falling to be the second-largest party, with 17.7 percent of the votes. VVD and PvdA both lost a lot of support. D66 and SP performed better than in 2011.


VVD lost a lot of support in Noord-Brabant, but remains the largest party in the province with 17.4 percent of the votes, down from 20.7 in 2011. CDA was close on its heel,s with 17.1 percent of the votes. PvdA lost the most support here, now holding 7.9 percent of the votes, compared to 13.3 percent in 2011. PVV and GroenLinks also both lost support. D66 and SP performed better than in 2011.


CDA performed well in Overijssel and remains the province's largest party, holding 22.3 percent of the votes. VVD and PvdA lost a lot of support. SP, D66, PVV and CU performed better than in 2011.


CDA gained a bit of support and is now the largest party in Zeeland, with 14.4 percent of the votes. VVD, PvdA and PVV all lost a lot of support, with the PvdA losing the most, from 15.8 percent in 2011 down to 9.5 percent in Wednesday's election. SP, D66, CU, provincial party Zeeland Lokaal and 50Plus performed better here than in 2011.