1. Morten Messerschmidt is now as big as his posters: #2 on the all-time hit-list for personal votes in an EP election in Denmark. He is ahead of Poul SchlŁter (1994) before the big metropolitan districts have reported. Bertel Haarder (1999) and Lone Dybkjśr (1994, 1999) have also been left behind.
2. Jarl Cordua asks (well, assumes) that the Social Liberals actually performed better than they would have otherwise because of the lead candidate Sofie Carsten Nielsen. I haven’t seen any Danish research about this, but Swedish electoral researchers have discussed the topic with regard to national elections and are sceptical about the effects of candidates. However: 1. EP elections are not national elections and 2. the Danish and the Swedish electoral systems are different when it comes to personal votes. Still, Cordua is right in pointing out that we cannot say that SCN caused the Social Liberal loss because the SL share of the vote was lower in 2009 than in 2004.