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German voters punish Merkel's conservatives in regional elections - exit polls


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German voters punish Merkel's conservatives in regional elections - exit polls

Exit polls in Germany’s regional elections suggest the anti-migrant AfD party has won enough support to enter all three state parliaments.

The Alternative for Germany party is predicted to come second in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt with 23 percent of the vote.

It’s given scores of 11 and 12 percent in the two other states, Rhineland and Baden-Württemberg.

The polls suggest Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats have lost in both of those two states.

The reported losses represent a worst-case scenario for the German Chancellor – who has stood by her decision last year to open the country’s doors to over a million refugees and migrants.

Even in Saxony where her conservatives remain the largest party, they’ve lost many votes to the AfD which was only formed three years ago.

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