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Merkel's CDU party takes heavy hits in state elections | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 30.08.2009
Just a month before national elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats suffered big losses in two out of three state elections, while the left-wing Left Party and the liberal Free Democrats gained ground. 

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) seems likely to lose control of governments in Saarland and Thuringia after state elections Sunday, according to early projections from the ARD and ZDF public television networks.


The losses at the state level could be a blow for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who's campaigning for a second term in federal elections to be held September 27.


Merkel's party looks likely to only hold onto to the former East German state of Saxony, led by the state's popular CDU premier, Stanislav Tillich. Next door in Thuringia, incumbent CDU premier Dieter Althaus seems likely to lose office after his party drew only about 31 percent of the vote compared to 43 percent five years ago.

by Fran on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 12:52:55 PM EST

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