BERLIN (AP) — The Social Democrats, Germany’s main center-left party, appears headed for its worst-ever result in a state election in Bremen, which it has run for 73 years, as well as a dire showing in the European Parliament election.
Exit polls for ARD and ZDF television put support for the Social Democrats at 24.5% and the center-right Christian Democratic Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, up to 26.5%. The Social Democrats could finish second in the northwestern city-state, Germany’s smallest, for the first time.
The polls put support for the Greens in Bremen up to 18.5%. That party is currently the Social Democrats’ junior coalition partner in Bremen, and could decide whether or not it keeps its hold on the state government.
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The exit polls put the far-right Alternative for Germany up at 7% support.
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