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Photo Gallery: A Tight Vote in Lower Saxony

Neck-And-Neck in Lower Saxony Vote Casts Shadow on Merkel's Re-Election Bid

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrat challenger in the September election, Peer Steinbrück, both wanted a boost from Sunday's state vote in Lower Saxony. But it was so close that neither got what they were hoping for. If anything, the result shows that despite Merkel's popularity, her bid for a third term could be a very tight race.
cro -- with wire reports