Germany's Christian Democrats dominate in key state election ahead of national vote

BERLIN — Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats scored a commanding victory in a closely watched regional election on Sunday, handing the conservative bloc a crucial boost in the final test before September’s general election. 

The center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) won 36.5 percent of the vote in Sunday’s state election in Saxony-Anhalt, according to early projections by national broadcasters, relegating the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) to a distant second with 22.7 percent. 

That means that CDU is all but certain to retain control of the state in coalition with smaller parties. 

The win will likely squash fears that the CDU is vulnerable on its right flank in the wake of

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