German election: Merkel’s Christian Democrats win Saarland vote

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats have won a regional election in the western state of Saarland, dealing a setback to their Social Democrat rivals and boosting her prospects of winning a fourth term in September’s national election. Preliminary official figures put Merkel’s Christian Democrats at just over 40.7 percent of the vote, up from 35.2 percent in 2012. The center-left Social Democrats slipped to 29.6 percent, down from 30.6. The Social Democrats had hoped to receive a boost from having chosen a new national leader, Martin Schulz.

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