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AfD wins U18 federal election in Thuringia

Berlin - The AfD won the so-called U18 election of children and young people in Thuringia. With 17.4 percent, it was able to get most of the votes. The party in Saxony also won, where it received 16.7 percent of the vote, announced those responsible on its website.

The U18 election is an initiative of the German Federal Youth Association, the State Youth Association and the German Children's Fund. In the youth elections, children and young people are allowed to cast their votes in advance of real elections. Almost 220,000 young people took part in the project for the 2017 federal election. The youth elections are sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

Greens are ahead nationwide
According to surveys, the AfD can also hope for success among adults in both federal states. An Insa survey for the Funke media group saw the party in second place in Thuringia at the end of August. In Saxony, according to a survey carried out by the opinion research institute Insa on behalf of the Leipziger Volkszeitung, the majority of voters in the coming federal elections would even vote with 26 percent.

At a national level, however, the result was different: there the Greens were able to conquer the top position with 21 percent, ahead of the SPD with 19.2 percent and the CDU with 16.9 percent. In contrast, the AfD came nationwide to 5.8 percent and thus only just ahead of the animal protection party, which reached 5.6 percent.

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