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Danes Vote to Settle Fate of Leader Tarnished by Mink Cull

A polling station in Torshavn on the Faroe Islands on Oct. 31.

A polling station in Torshavn on the Faroe Islands on Oct. 31.

Photographer: Álvur Haraldsen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images

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Denmark headed to the polls on Tuesday in a general election after Social Democrat Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called an early vote as she faces a backlash for a disastrous pandemic-era mink cull decision.

Voters are torn between two political blocs, with both promising more aid as households are being squeezed by soaring energy and food prices. Neither the so-called red bloc on the left or the blue on the right are expected to command a majority, and a kingmaker is emerging from the middle of the political spectrum in the form of a new party founded less than five months ago by a former prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen.