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Merkel’s Euro Gambit Ends in Home-State Election Defeat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suffered its fifth election loss this year after she failed to sway voters in her home state with a campaign based on her handling of the euro-area debt crisis.

The Social Democrats, the main opposition party nationally, took 35.7 percent to win yesterday’s election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, preliminary results show. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union had 23.1 percent, its worst tally since voting began in the state in 1990 after reunification that year between West Germany and the former communist East Germany.