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In the Canton of St. Gallen, SVP and Middle want to regain lost seats.

In the canton of St. Gallen, the Green Liberals must defend their only seat in the National Council following the resignation of their previous representative. The SVP and Mitte hope to regain the mandates they lost in 2019. In Appenzell Ausserrhoden, FDP and Mitte are challenging SVP National Council member David Zuberbühler. The Climate Election of 2019 cost the SVP and Mitte one seat each in St. Gallen, with the Greens and Green Liberals being the winners. The current distribution of the twelve seats is four for the SVP, two each for the FDP, Mitte and SP, and one each for the Greens and Green Liberals. A record 311 candidates are running on 29 lists for the October 22nd election, with eleven incumbents running again. Michael Götte of the SVP is expected to easily retain his seat after replacing Esther Friedli in the Council of States. The focus is on the Green Liberal seat, which was won by climatologist Thomas Brunner four years ago. He is not running again, and the party is hoping to defend the seat with a list featuring several cantonal councillors. The Climate Alliance, consisting of the GLP, SP and Greens, is under pressure to perform well in the election. The national trend predicts losses for the Greens, but the Alliance has strong candidates in National Councilor Franziska Ryser and two long-serving and well-known parliamentarians from the SP. In Appenzell Innerrhoden, Daniel Fässler of the Mitte is expected to easily retain his seat in the Council of States, while Thomas Rechsteiner of the Mitte is unopposed for the National Council seat. In Appenzell Ausserrhoden, FDP's Andrea Caroni is expected to easily retain her seat in the Council of States, while SVP's David Zuberbühler is being challenged by FDP's Matthias Tischhauser and Mitte's Claudia Frischknecht for the National Council seat. It is expected to be a close race.nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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