This is nothing representaive for Germany:
we had today early elections for our "Landrat" (the Landrat is the head of the administration of a district/county as well as its representative and leader of its parliament), since the former (CDU/conservative) retied due to health reasons.
We are a strong CDU county. (State lawmakers are two conservatives, two from the Social-Democrats and one Liberal [FDP - candidate for that party today as well].
The actual CDU the fairly unknown leader of the CDU-members in the county parliament, the SPD candidate, a museum director, tries it very time again, the BG-candidate (BG [center-right] = independent citizens) is known for his populistic ideas and Die Linke nominated their leader hhere in the region, a civil servant in the county administration (social worker in the youth department).
What is NOT surprising are the losses of the CDU and SPD, the gains by the others but how Die Linke made it: