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Merkel’s party scores strong win in state poll

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

German chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) leader in North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet (C-L) stand on stage during a CDU campaign rally for state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 5, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. (AFP/Patrik Stollarz)
German chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) leader in North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet (C-L) stand on stage during a CDU campaign rally for state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 5, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. (AFP/Patrik Stollarz)

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% and the SPD 26%.

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