SPD set to win as AfD poised for drop out after Hamburg elections

epa08241657 Supporters of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) react to exit polls on the evening of the regional elections in the German federal state of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany, 23 February 2020. Some 1.3 million citizens were eligible to vote in Hamburg for their regional parliament, the Hamburgische Buergerschaft. EPA-EFE/FOCKE STRANGMANN

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The far-right Alternative for Germany party has lost support in the wake of a deadly attack on people of foreign descent in Hanau.

The center-left SPD are set to maintain their leadership in the city-state, according to early results. Support plummeted for the far-right AfD, with the party poised to drop out of its first state parliament in Germany.

The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) are on track for a decisive win in Hamburg, with early results indicating that the party will maintain its leadership in the northern German city-state.

Early results released just after polls closed on Sunday evening showed the SPD winning 37.5% of the vote. Support for the Greens surged, putting them in second place with 25.5%, followed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) falling to 11.5%.
The Left party is on track to secure 9% of the vote, followed by the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) with 5%.

In the largest upset of the night, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) could potentially drop out of its first state parliament, with early results showing the party securing 4.7% of the vote — falling just shy of the 5% hurdle to enter parliament.

This follows trends in polls where according to research done by the Kantar Institute and published in Bild am Sonntag on Sunday, 60% of respondents agreed that the AfD is partly responsible for instances of right-wing extremist violence such as took place in the city near Frankfurt last week.
Late Wednesday evening, a 43-year-old German man in Hanau killed nine people of foreign descent, seemingly motivated by a xenophobic worldview. He was later found dead in his apartment, along with his mother.

DW

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