In the end, the result wasn’t even close: Astrid Krag won 34% of the vote while Annette Vilhelmsen won 66% with a turn-out of 60%. The latter figure may be the most significant: I would interpret it as a reflection of the party members’ dislike of Krag (as the leadership candidate) combined with a lack of enthusiasm for Vilhelmsen who is relatively new to national politics. Her rise to power is still rivalled by Helle Thorning Schmidt – but then again, Thorning Schmidt only ran for the party chairmanship after a number of more likely contenders had back out of the competition.
This is slightly surprising as we would expect party chairmanships to be some of the most desired political positions. On the other hand, both the Social Democrats in 2005 and SF today had serious problems with factionalisation and conflicts over parliamentary and policy strategies.