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Merkel Challenger Says Alienated Voters Are Key to Unseating Her

German Social Democratic candidate Peer Steinbrueck said his party could unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel if it motivates voters lost to the party over the past 15 years, as a poll showed he may be narrowing the gap.

Speaking to broadcaster ZDF in a “summer interview,” Steinbrueck said the SPD’s get-out-the-vote operation will mine millions of voters who once cast ballots for the party’s social justice platform. He identified some 10 million voters that the party lost in the decade preceding the SPD’s 2009 defeat.