According to the provisional results made available by the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the socialists obtained 28,844 votes on Sunday, securing 11 deputies in the regional parliament, compared to 51,207 votes and 19 deputies in 2019.
Still, the PS remains the largest opposition party.
JPP, four years ago, had obtained 7,830 votes, but on Sunday it won 14,933, almost doubling the number of votes. The JPP parliamentary group will thus increase from three to five deputies, being the third largest in the Regional Legislative Assembly.
The PSD/CDS-PP coalition won Sunday's regional elections with 43.13% of the votes (58,399 votes) and gained 23 seats in the regional parliament, but lost, for one term, the absolute majority with which it governed the region.
In 2019, the two parties ran separately, but ended up forming a post-electoral coalition, in order to govern with an absolute majority (24 deputies). The PSD had obtained 21 deputies and the CDS-PP three. The total number of votes at the time was 64,695, which means that compared to Sunday the coalition lost 6,296 votes (-9.7%).
Chega went from 619 to 12,028 votes between 2019 and Sunday, and was the fourth most voted political force, now having a parliamentary group with four deputies, the second time it ran for Madeira's regional elections.
The Liberal Initiative will also debut in the regional hemicycle, with a deputy, with its vote increasing from 762 to 3,555 votes, between 2019 and Sunday.
The CDU, despite having increased its vote from 2,577 to 3,677, will maintain its only deputy.
Bloco de Esquerda (2,489 votes in 2019, 3,036 this year) and PAN (2,095 in 2019, 3,046 this year) will have one deputy each in the next legislature, in a return of the two parties to the regional parliament.