Chancellor Merkel’s party has beaten its rival Social Democrats in their stronghold in North Rhine-Westphalia, projections showed. NRW is seen as a test of national mood ahead of Germany’s federal election in September.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won 32.9 percent of the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia’s state election on Sunday, official projections showed.
The polls showed the Social Democrats (SPD) coming in second, garnering 31.3 percent of the vote in its stronghold state, down over 7 points from the last election in 2012.
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What does the victory of Merkel’s CDU in a regional election spell for Germany?
The election result in North Rhine-Westphalia has confirmed the trend on the federal level: Chancellor Angela Merkel is a big step closer to a fourth term. Her SPD opponent Martin Schulz has been considerably weakened.
No, there are no primaries in Germany. And Germans cannot elect the chancellor directly.
But regional elections for state parliaments serve as crucial indicators. And Sunday’s vote in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, had a special significance – especially now, four months before the general election in September.
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The Result of NRW Election on 14th May 2017 (Not final)
See also PBSJ from 2 days ago