Divided far-right AfD loses ground in east German stronghold

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By Joseph Nasr BERLIN (Reuters) – The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) tried on Monday to put a brave face on election losses in an eastern stronghold where its anti-immigration line failed to chime with voters’ concerns. After polling neck-and-neck with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU in Saxony-Anhalt for weeks, the AfD on the day won just 20.8%, more than 16 points behind the CDU and 3.5 points down from the previous election in 2016. Under surveillance in Saxony-Anhalt for suspected anti-democratic activity, the AfD is shunned as a potential coalition partner by all other…

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