Merkel party ahead in year`s 1st German state vote
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Last Updated: Monday, March 26, 2012, 00:39
Berlin: An exit poll points to a victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in a state election in western Germany, and a disastrous performance for her partners in the national government.

Merkel's Christian Democrats were fighting to preserve their 12-year hold on the governor's office in Saarland today.

It's the first of three state elections this year. An ARD television exit poll showed Merkel's party in the lead -- more than four points ahead of Germany's main opposition Social Democrats.

It showed the pro-market Free Democrats -- Merkel's struggling partners in the national government -- slumping far below the 5 percent support needed to win seats in the state legislature.

The exit poll shows the upstart Pirate Party entering its second state parliament with 8 per cent support.


First Published: Monday, March 26, 2012, 00:39

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