Kretschmann's popularity propelled the Green Party to a gain of 11 seats, making history as the first time the Green party has been the largest party in State-level election results.
However, the Greens' coalition partner, the SPD, lost 16 seats, thus depriving the Greens' of a clear majority of leftists. Expanding the existing coalition into a three-party "traffic light" coalition green-red-yellow by including the FDP would have given the administration a working majority of 6.
Removal of Kretschmann was unlikely; CDU leader Guido Wolf briefly sought to get the Social Democrats into a right-of-centre coalition with the FDP with Wolf as state minister-presidentbut his SPD counterpart Nils Schmid pointed out that such a coalition would frustrate voters due to the personal popularity of Kretschmann. A similar "black-green" coalition headed by the CDU partnervermittlung im harz governed in Hesse since the similarly indecisive electionsbut this is the first time the Green Party is the lead coalition partner in a coalition with the CDU previously, they led a coalition with the SPD.
Kretschmann formed the Cabinet Kretschmann II as the state government.