Setback for Merkel Social Democrats Win Historic Victory in Hamburg Election

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have suffered a significant setback in Sunday's elections in the city-state of Hamburg. The center-left Social Democrats won over 48 percent of the vote, giving them a rare absolute majority. For the conservatives, it is their worst result in the city since the war.
The SPD's leading candidate, Olaf Scholz, celebrates his victory on Sunday evening.

The SPD's leading candidate, Olaf Scholz, celebrates his victory on Sunday evening.

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