BFF-48 Merkel party suffers heavy losses in key regional election: exit poll

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Merkel party suffers heavy losses in key regional election: exit poll

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Oct 28, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party suffered heavy losses in Sunday’s regional election in Hesse state, according to an exit poll.

The CDU remained the largest party, but lost around 10 percentage points to score 28 percent of the vote, public broadcaster ARD reported, while junior federal government partners the Social Democrats (SPD) shed almost 11 points to land on just 20 percent.

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