Germany's chancellor race mired in floodwater

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BERLIN — Some of Germany’s greatest political legends were forged above the high-water mark.

Helmut Schmidt, the chainsmoking Social Democrat who died in 2015 at 96, was a household name long before becoming chancellor due to the central role he played as a local politician in Hamburg in helping save the city from destruction during a disastrous storm surge in 1962 that killed more than 300.

Gerhard Schröder, who was on the ropes in his bid for reelection as chancellor in 2002, turned things around in the final stretch over the summer, thanks in no small part to a

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