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Scholz’s SPD Slumps to Worst Result in Biggest German State

  • Second straight defeat will add to pressure on the chancellor
  • CDU maintains hold on power in North Rhine-Westphalia
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Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party lost a regional election for the second straight week, suffering a fresh blow amid wavering support for the German chancellor’s Ukraine policy.

The Christian Democrats, the main opposition party at the national level, were projected to take 35.7% of the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday, maintaining their hold over Germany’s most-populous state. In its former stronghold, the SPD slumped to 26.7%, its worst-ever result there, according to preliminary results.