While discussing the election of Thomas Kemmerich one question came up: Why didn't Mike Mohring run in the third iteration of the MP election? He is from the third largest faction. Did they think that Grüne and SPD would rather vote for a FDP candidate than for a CDU candidate? I understand that having both an CDU and FDP candidate would have divided the conservatives's votes and likely Bodo Ramelow would have gained the simple majority.
The best explanation I had is that Mike Mohring has alienated the SPD and Grüne so much that they would never vote for him instead of the Linke, and so they hoped that the FDP candidate would gain their sympathy?
Or was it really some trick played to get elected via the AfD without having to officially announce it beforehand? And Mike Mohring did not want to do it but Thomas Kemmerich did not mind?