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There is also some symbolism involved in this election, as the in the 2005 state elections, CDU and FDP prevailed over SPD/Green

Just to emphasize NRW leaders' importance: the SPD PM who lost that election was Peer Steinbrück, who became Germany's finance minister in the 2005-9 Grand Coalition federal government (the one angering both Sarkozy and Paul Krugman); and Steinbrück's predecessor as NRW PM was none other than the insufferable Wolfgang Clement, economy super-minister under Schröder and later coal lobbyist and SPD backstabber.

The conservative FAZ even has SPD and CDU head to head at 37%, Greens at 10%, FDP 6% and the Left at 5% (MoE undisclosed).

Check all polls here.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat May 8th, 2010 at 01:53:41 PM EST
... not to mention Franz Müntefering.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun May 9th, 2010 at 04:13:26 AM EST
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There is Johannes Rau, too: Clement's predecessor as NRW PM. In the middle of that, in the eighties, he was a (failed) chancellor candidate. And after he gave the NRW government to Clement, he was elected (figurehead) federal president of Germany (1999-2004).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun May 9th, 2010 at 10:55:33 AM EST
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