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An Icon of Scandinavian Social Democracy Eyes a Historic Slump

  • Voters are flocking to anti-immigration party Sweden Democrats
  • Sweden’s traditional blocs unlikely to win majority in vote
People from the Social Democrats in Sweden march during a rally in Stockholm on May 1.

People from the Social Democrats in Sweden march during a rally in Stockholm on May 1.

Photographer: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

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The party that has embodied Scandinavian social democracy for decades risks a historic beating.

With just nine weeks of political campaigning left, latest polls estimate the level of support for Sweden’s Social Democrats at about 25 percent. If confirmed in the Sept. 9 general election, it would be the party’s worst result on record.