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Merkel’s party wins big in crunch state election as Greens ‘hype’ fades

  • Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union has made something of a political comeback, after a striking win in a regional election, according to exit polls.
  • The results are likely to give Chancellor Angela Merkel's party a boost ahead of Germany's federal election in September.
  • The CDU staved off a challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany party.

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People walk past election campaign posters of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), the German Social Democrats (SPD) and the German Greens on May 28, 2021 in Magdeburg, Germany.Sean Gallup | Getty Images News | Getty Images

Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union has made something of a political comeback, after a striking win in a regional election on Sunday, according to exit polls. The results are likely to give Chancellor Angela Merkel's party a boost ahead of the federal election in September.

The CDU looks to have retained the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt, surging ahead in the regional vote and staving off a challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany party.

The win is seen a boost for CDU leader Armin Laschet in what was the final regional vote before the country decides who will replace Merkel on September 26.

Exit polls released by public broadcasters ARD and MDR saw the CDU with 37.1% of the vote ahead of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) which had 20.8% of the vote. Meanwhile the Green Party, which earlier this year saw a national bounce in voter polls, received just 5.9% of the vote putting it in fifth place.

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