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Merkel's Conservatives Defeat SPD Rivals in Northern state Vote

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives thumped their Social Democrat rivals in a vote in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, in a boost to her prospects of winning a national election in September.






Merkel's Christian Democrats fetched 33 percent of the vote in Schleswig-Holstein, up from 30.8 percent in the last election there in 2012. 

The result leaves the CDU short of sufficient support to rule alone in the state, but means the SPD cannot continue to govern in coalition with the Greens and the South Schleswig Party, which represents the ethnic Danish minority. 


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