Merkel’s party scores strong win in state polls


Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives secured a strong win Sunday in state polls in northern Germany, early results showed, lending a boost to her bid to retain power in September’s national elections.

Voters in the small, northern state of Schleswig-Holstein handed her CDU party 34 percent, while the centre-left SPD clinched 27, according to public broadcaster ZDF.

Another public broadcaster ARD gave the CDU 33 percent and the SPD 26 percent.


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