The Minister-President of Lower Saxony and SPD party member Stephan Weil cast his ballot in the state elections, in Hanover, on Sunday. Before he entered the polling station, he expressed his optimism for the election, saying: “We’ve held a really passionate election campaign, you can definitely say that. The mood in the final stretch was good and now I hope that the mood is still good at the... Еще end of this.” The state election in Lower Saxony comes shortly after the national elections, held on Sunday, September 24. Currently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) party is taking steps to build a coalition with other parties on a national level. However, the SPD has stated that they will go into opposition in the Bundestag, the German national parliament.