First statements of the best ranked candidates after the results of exit-polls

Iohannis: Victory! We have succeeded in defeating the PSD more than ever in the last 30 years. PNL, USR PLUS, PMP, UDMR must start working together


National Liberal Party (PNL) candidate for the presidential election Klaus Iohannis said, following the announcement of the exit polls, that Romanians have never voted so much and so clearly against the Social Democratic Party (PSD), and this means “a huge step” for Romania.

“Dear Romanian, victory! We have succeeded in defeating the PSD more than ever in the last 30 years. The Romanians have never voted so much and so clearly against the PSD and this is a huge step for Romania,” said Iohannis, at the PNL headquarters.

He  declared that the war with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has not ended, calling on the Romanians to also come to vote in the runoff of the presidential elections.

He pointed out that PNL, the USR PLUS Alliance, PMP and UDMR need to start working together.

“A special appreciation for the work of the new Liberal Government under the leadership of Ludovic [Orban] today. In the country and abroad, the vote took place in a perfect, impeccable order, but the war with the PSD has not ended. We still have a fight, one more step in two weeks. (…) I remind USR PLUS voters, who have supported a very good candidate today, what we have in common – the belief that the rule of law and the European good are the pillars of Romania’s long-term development and I call on them to build together this future we want. To those from the PMP I say: come to the vote. Now we can make together the educated Romania that I also wish for. The war with PSD is not over, but we are in the position where we must start working together, we, PNL, USR PLUS, PMP, UDMR, who want a normal Romania. Dear Romanians, come to vote for a normal Romania!” said Iohannis, at PNL headquarters, after the announcement of the exit-polls.

He also said that defeating PSD does not mean that left-wing voters will be ignored or forgotten.

“They want what all the Romanians want from those leading the country: public money used correctly for schools, hospitals, motorways, stable pensions and institutions in the service of the citizen, fair laws, observed by all,” Iohannis added.


PSD’s Dancila: Today’s vote helps us to continue the election campaign


The vote on Sunday helps the Social Democratic Party (PSD) to continue the election campaign and to demonstrate what it wants to do for Romanians, said the party’s leader, Viorica Dancila, who, according to exit polls, qualified for the runoff of the presidential elections, after Klaus Iohannis.

“I want us to pay special attention to the minutes to have an exact result tomorrow. (…) We showed that we are by Romanians’ side and we hope that in the next two weeks, as many Romanians as possible will join us, even those who had another alternative, who have given their vote to other candidates. I hope they will join us. (…) Our fight is not against a political party,” said Dancila at the PSD headquarters.


Dan Barna: I am optimistic, the final score is not given by the exit polls, but by the counting of votes


The candidate of the Save Romania Union – Freedom, Solidarity and Unity Party Alliance (USR-PLUS Alliance), Dan Barna, voices his optimism about the result of Sunday’s vote in the presidential election and states that the final score is not given by the exit polls, but by “the counting of votes”.

“We have seen the results of the exit polls, they are encouraging results, we remain positive and confident,” said Dan Barna, at the USR headquarters, after the announcement of the exit polls, which placed him third.

Barna thanked the diaspora, mentioning that “a historic record” was registered abroad regarding turnout, something that “gives confidence and hope”.

“Delegates from the polling stations should be careful at the counting. (…) It is important to count each vote. The result is not that of the exit polls, the result is that of counting the votes,” Barna said.

According to the poll conducted at the exit from the polls by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy – IRES, National Liberal Party (PNL) candidate, President Klaus Iohannis, obtained 38.7 percent in Sunday’s presidential elections, Social Democratic Party (PSD) representative Viorica Dancila, 22 percent, and USR PLUS candidate, Dan Barna, 16.1 percent.

The exit poll conducted by the CURS Urban and Regional Sociology Centre and the Avangarde Socio-Behavioural Studies Group shows that Iohannis obtained 39 percent, Dancila – 22.5 percent, and Barna – 16.4 percent.


Paleologu: Result very good for re-establishing the right and center politics in Romania


The People’s Movement Party (PMP) candidate in the presidential elections, Theodor Paleologu, described the result obtained by him, according to the first exit-polls, as a very good one for re-establishing the right and center politics in Romania.

“The result is good, in the context in which we had no debates in the campaign, we had a Government crisis. I think it is a very good result, starting from which we can built for the future. It is clear that the force that manifested itself in these elections will be an unmistakable segment in the re-establishment of the right and center wing in Romania,” said Paleologu at the campaign headquarters.


Kelemen Hunor: We have obtained more votes than in 2009 and 2014


The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) candidate for the Presidency of Romania Kelemen Hunor declared on Sunday, following the exit-poll results, that the votes he obtained in these elections are more than those obtained in the previous presidential elections.

“We have a good result, 4.6 percent. After our projection, we will have more votes than in 2009 or 2014. Thanks to those who supported us, who supported me, the Hungarian community, the Romanians who voted and who have understood our message, the message of respect, trust and those points we have emphasized from our programme, the two important resources for a country, people and nature. Education, environmental protection, economy, health remain those points with which we will go on, because the campaign is over, but the work will not end today or tomorrow, we will carry forward,” said the UDMR leader.

As regards the option of supporting one of the candidates in the second round of the presidential election, Kelemen Hunor said that this will be decided next week in the Permanent Council of the Union.

According to the CURS-Avantgarde exit poll, Kelemen Hunor obtained 3.9 percent of the vote, and the IRES exit poll credits the UDMR candidate with 4.6 percent.


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