By Tom Luongo | 2 September 2019
GOLD GOATS ‘N GUNS — Germany held the first two of three important state elections over the weekend. And the results were striking. Leading up to the elections polls had the current opposition party in the Bundestag, Alternative for Germany (AfD), neck and neck with the ruling parties in both Saxony and Brandenburg.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition was battered by the results but not beaten. In Brandenburg, her partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), beat AfD by 5 points, 26.3% to 23.5%, while in Saxony Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) held onto 32% of the vote while AfD took 27.5%.
Germany (Saxony), prelim. final results:
CDU-EPP: 32% (-7)
AfD-ID: 28% (+18)
LINKE-LEFT: 10% (-9)
GRÜNE-G/EFA: 9% (+3)
SPD-S&D: 8% (-4)
FW-RE: 3% (+1)
TIERS-LEFT: 2% (+1)
PARTEI-NI: 2% (+1)
+/- vs. 2014 election
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) September 1, 2019
Both of these results represent more than a doubling of support for AfD in these states and bodes very well for a party that is was only formed in 2013. […]