It took until 3am for all the personal votes in the European elections to be counted, and it was good news for Morten Messerschmidt of Dansk Folkeparti, as it has been confirmed that he set a new record of 465,758 – the highest ever in a Danish election and representative of 10.9 percent of the total electorate and 19.2 percent of all votes cast.
Until now, the record was held by former prime minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (S) who in 2004 got 407,966 personal votes – also in a European election.
"Voter support really means something when you have to navigate around the EU system," Messerschmidt told Jyllands-Posten.
DK not EU
Messerschmidt's landslide victory helped make DF the largest party in a national election for the first time, meaning that every four voters identified with his slogan 'More Denmark, less EU'.
The 12 other politicians who will represent Denmark in the European parliament over the next five years are: Jeppe Kofod (S), Christel Schaldemose (S), Ole Christensen (S), Bendt Bendtsen (K), Ulla Tørnæs (V), Jens Rohde (V), Margrete Auken (SF), Rina Ronja Kari (N, an anti-Euro movement), Anders Vistisen (DF), Rikke Karlsen (DF), Jørn Dohrmann (DF) and Morten Helveg Petersen (R).
Enhedslisten did not put up any candidates for election, while Liberal Alliance failed to win enough votes to get a seat.