People wave German flags in Erfurt, central Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, during a demonstration initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party against the immigration situation. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) is poised to win almost 20 percent of the vote in a state election and match the ruling Social Democrats in another this month, highlighting the threat to mainstream parties from the migrant crisis.A poll for broadcaster ARD put support for the AfD in the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt at 19 percent, making it the third most popular party behind Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Left.The AfD's weakest showing was seen in neighbouring Rhineland Palatinate at 9 percent, but this would still make it the third-strongest force in the state behind the CDU and SPD.
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