Noticing the space left after PNTCD lost its electoral power, insufficiently represented by PC, PDL emerged as the main conservative party, gaining 32% of the votes and taking over government.
However, PSDR gained seats after running in elections as part of CDR together with parties coming from other political families, such as PNTCD and PNL.
It remains to be seen whether PDL can become a vehicle for the institutionalization of conservatism in the future elections, given that the previous representative of the family, PNTCD, has little chances of regaining its electoral force in the near future, and PC seems unable to become a party capable to sustain itself.
However, during the first years after 1989, the PNTCD was perceived rather as the main opposing force to the remnant communist structures and mentalities and less as a promoter of Christian democracy, whose principles remained unclear to a large part of its members.
After the modest results the party obtained in the 1990 elections, PNTCD managed--thanks to the Democratic Convention of Romania (CDR) (an electoral alliance controlled by PNTCD)--to become the most important party of the opposition in the 1992 elections, and the main ruling party in 1996.
Impaired by the poor governance and discredited as a moral force, confronted with a significant decline in the relevance of the anticommunist rhetoric, decimated by numerous dissidences and weakened by unsuccessful attempts to relaunch the party, PNTCD failed to attain parliamentary representation (5% threshold) in the electoral ballots that followed (2000, 2004, and 2008).
In the end, we can assert that in the case of PNTCD the Christian democratic option was grounded in the party's political preferences developed over a larger time span.
The idea behind was simply to unify the centre-right Romanian parties in a way in which neither PNTCD, nor PNL were able to fulfil (78).
As a historic party, PNTCD seems to be now unable to catch up with history since after three electoral cycles without parliamentary representation it holds uncertain perspectives of recovery.