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Merkel’s CDU Party Set to Lose Seats in Berlin State Vote – Exit Poll

© REUTERS / Stefanie LoosGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel walks to the desk during a meeting at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on 2017 budget in Berlin, Germany, September 7, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks to the desk during a meeting at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on 2017 budget in Berlin, Germany, September 7, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) are leading in the election to the Berlin state parliament with 23 percent, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is in for a big loss, an early exit poll showed Sunday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The poll, conducted by Infratest dimap for national broadcaster ARD, predicted that support for Merkel’s party dropped to 18 percent from 23.3 percent five years ago.

The third place is expected to go to either the far-left Linke (Left) party or the Greens who are both tied at 16.5 percent. The anti-migrant Alteranative fuer Deutschland (AfD) is projected to come fourth with 11.5 percent.

The turnout reached 53.1 percent as of 4 p.m. local time (14:00 GMT), exceeding by 7.1 percent the attendance registered during the previous state election five years ago, according to the electoral committee.

On Sunday, Berliners were electing 149 members to the state parliament. The election comes just two weeks after the AfD pushed the Christian Democrats into third place in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

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