Key State Election in Hamburg Trend-Setting Loss Would Spell Trouble for Merkel

With Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats slumping in the polls ahead of Sunday's state elections in Hamburg, a bad loss would reflect poorly on the German chancellor. A defeat could be the start of an unwelcome trend during a busy election year.
Von David Knight
Facing off: Current Mayor of Hamburg Christoph Ahlhaus (CDU, left) will be hoping for a miracle against Olaf Scholz's SPD in the Hamburg election.

Facing off: Current Mayor of Hamburg Christoph Ahlhaus (CDU, left) will be hoping for a miracle against Olaf Scholz's SPD in the Hamburg election.

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