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    Anti-Migrant AfD Beats Merkel’s Party in Her Backyard 

    You can’t call them fringe. The anti-Islam, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany (AfD) is on track to win 21 percent in today’s state elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The upstart populists have already won seats in eight other state legislatures, but this Baltic coastal state is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s home constituency, where her Christian Democrats — eroded by defections — eked out less than 20 percent and third place after the Social Democrats and AfD, raising questions about how Merkel, who’s weighing her options, would fare in national elections next year.

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