The Alternative for Germany (AfD) celebrated a historic projected surge in the Thuringia state elections on Sunday, after exit polls predicted the party to emerge second, more than doubling its share of the vote since the previous elections.
«As AFD we increased our outcome in Thuringia of more than 100 percent. This has never happened before in the free state of Thuringia. In the next election... Еще we will bag the absolute majority,» said AfD's top Thuringia candidate Bjorn Hocke.
Exit polls show the AfD to have narrowly beaten the Christian Democrat party (CDU) with 24 per cent against the CDU's 22 per cent. The left-wing 'Die Linke' party is projected to emerge in front, taking home 30 per cent of the vote with their coalition partners the Social Democrat Party (SPD) losing a large amount of support and emerging with 8 per cent, making the prospect of another coalition difficult.