Merkel's conservatives hit historic lows in two German state votes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have suffered historic losses in two key state elections that acted as referendums on the nation’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. While the CDU vote slumped to a record low of 23 per cent in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the party’s support in neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate dropped to 26.5 per cent, according to exit polls by public broadcasters ZDF and ARD. Both results were the worst recorded for the CDU in the two states. “We had wished for better results,” CDU general secretary Paul Paul Ziemi…

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