German rightwing party pulls ahead of Merkel in regional election poll

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A poll conducted by the Bild newspaper shows the AFD has sent tremors through the coalition government of the CDU and SPD which is reeling as public anger over unchecked refugee immigration continues to soar.

The AFD has the support of 17 percent of voters in the state, a spike of 12 points since September.  If the numbers crunch badly for Mrs. Merkel in elections in three weeks time she could face a vote of no confidence among her party chieftans.

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