Merkel's CDU wins closely watched local polls in most populous state

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) came out on top in district elections in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, according to projections.The local polls helped shed light on the political playing field as the country gears up for federal elections next year in which Merkel is not seeking another term.The CDU took 36 per cent of the vote, a little less than what they achieved in similar polls in 2014, according to broadcaster WDR and the Infratest dimap exit poll.Although the party did not increase its vote share, the win bolsters the ambitions of Armin La…

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