Far-Right Overtakes Angela Merkel’s Bloc in Elections in Her Home State

September 4, 2016 8:16 PM

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Far-Right Overtakes Angela Merkel’s Bloc in Elections in Her Home State

BERLIN — Voters in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political home state delivered her a stinging rebuke on Sunday, propelling a far-right party to second place in the state legislature, ahead of her conservative bloc, which projections indicated was overtaken on the right for the first time in modern German history.

Projections based on exit polls and considered reliable by all parties indicated that Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats had received around 19 percent of the vote, against about 21 percent for the far-right Alternative for Germany. But the center-left Social Democrats, with whom Ms. Merkel governs na...

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