Exit polls suggest the closely-watched election in the small, west German state of Saarland has swung in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s favour.
Her CDU candidate and regional Prime Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is predicted to win 41 percent of the vote.
Despite Saarland having just 800,000 eligible voters, the first of three regional ballots this year is considered a significant opportunity for parties to build – or lose – momentum ahead of the national election on September 24.
Like federal Germany, Saarland is currently governed by a ‘grand coalition’ of Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD Social Democrats.
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