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Venstre Party Faces Significant Loss in EU Parliament Election

Projections indicate that Venstre (the Liberal Party) is set to lose half of their seats in the EU Parliament in the current election. According to data from both DR and TV 2, Venstre seems to be on track to obtain two seats, which is a significant decrease from the four seats the party secured in the 2019 election. A projection is not the final result, but an analysis based on polling station measurements, already counted votes, and relevant data from polls. The polling station measurements from Sunday evening also support this halving of seats for Venstre. The party seems to receive 14.7 percent of the votes according to TV 2 and 14.8 percent according to DR. This is a significant reduction from the 23.5 percent the party received in the last EU election.

Venstre’s political spokesperson, Torsten Schack, however, views the projections positively and tells TV 2 that he is “almost happy” about the party’s expected two seats and around 14-15 percent of the votes. He also notes that Venstre appears to be the largest center-right party this time around. “The result shows that by far, we are the largest center-right party. We reach our own goal of two seats, and it seems that there is a long way down to the second-largest center-right party,” says Schack. Following Venstre are De Konservative (The Conservatives), which according to DR are set to receive 8.9 percent of the votes and 9 percent according to TV 2. This will result in one seat for The Conservatives, according to the projections.

The campaign leading up to Sunday’s election for Venstre has been marked by controversies. Among other things, Alexandra Sasha, one of the party’s candidates, withdrew from the campaign two weeks before election day due to media stories about possible Russian connections. Additionally, there has been mention that Ulla Tørnæs’ husband has not liquidated his Russian businesses. Tørnæs is number three on Venstre’s list, after Asger Christensen as number two and Morten Løkkegaard as the lead candidate.

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