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Regional vote to offer clues to Merkel future

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BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is riding high in polls as she seeks a third term at the head of Europe's biggest economy. But a major state election this weekend may lift her center-left rivals' hopes of defying the odds and ousting Germany's leader. Surveys show Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats leading in the polls in Lower Saxony, where voters choose a new state...