Anxiety in Run-Up to National Vote Merkel's Conservatives Suffer Heavy Losses in State Elections

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats suffered major losses in two state elections in Germany Sunday. The party of her main contender, Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is hoping that the slight boost given to the SPD could weaken Merkel's position of strength in the run-up to national elections on Sept. 27.
Supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party express their disappointment over the party's turnout in "Super Sunday" elections.

Supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party express their disappointment over the party's turnout in "Super Sunday" elections.

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dsl -- with wires