The centre-right Partido Popular (EPP) won 43.1% (+22.4 with 2018) and an absolute majority in the 109-seat Andalusian parliament.
This is a tough blow for Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez ahead of national elections in 2023, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Over six million people were eligible to vote in the most populous region of Spain, and more than 3,700 polling stations were set up.
The PP, in coalition with centre-right Ciudadanos (Citizens), has governed the region since 2018.
According to Europe Elects, the centre-left PSOE (S&D), which had dominated the region until the late 2000s, dropped to its worst regional election result in Andalusia (24.1%, 27.9% in 2018).
Far-right Vox received a disappointing result of only 13.4% (+2.5), up to seven points below what pollsters had measured, while the liberal Ciudadanos (Renew Europe) party declined from 17% to about 3%, losing parliamentary representation.
Two left-wing alliances, Por Andalucía and the regionalist Adelante Andalucía won 8% and 6% respectively.