East German state votes in final test before election to decide who replaces Merkel

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WITTENBERG, Germany (Reuters) – The eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt started voting on Sunday in the last test of public opinion before September’s national election, one which could deal a blow to conservative Armin Laschet’s hopes of succeeding Chancellor Angela Merkel. Surveys in the state show a small lead for the Christian Democrats (CDU) of Laschet and Merkel, but the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was running just one percentage point behind in the final poll published on Friday. Casting his vote, conservative state premier Reiner Haseloff said he had done all he could to …

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