"This election was almost unwinnable for any opponent, given the structural advantages that Fidesz had already created for itself," our Research Affiliate Jennifer McCoy said to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.
"It is important that all of those who believe in democracy watch carefully countries and leaders as they gradually erode democracy and entrench themselves in power," she argued, adding that "it's a gradual process. And so it's often ignored, until it becomes very well entrenched, like this case."
Extreme gerrymandering, a lack of opposition access to the media, unregulated campaign financing, and the use of public funds in favor of the Orban candidacy were all important factors, according to Jennifer McCoy.
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