CDU Debacle in German State Voters Punish Merkel's Conservatives in Key Election

The center-left Social Democrats and the Greens have emerged with a clear majority in elections in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia. The outcome is a significant setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and could further weaken the Christian Democrats in the run-up to national elections in 2013.
Christian Democratic candidate Norbert Röttgen did not have a good showing on Sunday.

Christian Democratic candidate Norbert Röttgen did not have a good showing on Sunday.

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Photo Gallery: Merkel's Conservatives Suffer State Vote Setback

dsl -- with wire reports