Germans in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein went to the polls on Sunday (May 7) that the Social Democrat party are hoping to win in order to beat Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's national election. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Germans in the far northern state of Schleswig-Holstein voted on Sunday (May 7) in the first of two regional polls that the Social Democrats must win if they are to pose a serious challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's national election. In Schleswig-Holstein, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate Daniel Guenther is up against an incumbent state premier, Torsten Albig. It is the first time an incumbent in the region has been tested since former European Parliament president Martin Schulz was nominated in January as the SPD's candidate to run against Merkel, sparking a revival in the opinion polls. A survey by pollster Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for national broadcaster ZDF published on Thursday (May 4) predicted a tight race with support for the CDU at 32 percent in Schleswig-Holstein, ahead of the SPD on 29 percent.