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Angela Merkel dealt setback in state election

BERLIN — Germany’s center-left opposition won a wafer-thin victory in a major state election Sunday, according to official results. The outcome is a setback to Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a national vote later this year.

With votes from most precincts in Lower Saxony state counted, ARD and ZDF television projected a single-seat majority for the opposition Social Democrats and Greens over Merkel’s center-right coalition.

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