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Prosperous Baden-Wuerttemberg, in Germany‘s southwest, is home to carmakers Daimler AG and Porsche SE and software house SAP AG, and it was the only state where the same center-right coalition that governs Germany had to face state voters.

The results in Baden-Wuerttemberg also further weaken Mrs. Merkel’s coalition’s stance in Germany’s upper house of parliament, which represents the 17 states, increasingly forcing her to seek compromises to get major legislation passed.

Also voting Sunday was the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where separate partial results published by ARD saw the Social Democrats remaining in power but forced to form a coalition government with the Greens.

Minister-President Kurt Beck’s Social Democrats fell 9.2 percentage points to 36.4 percent, while the Greens appeared to have more than doubled their vote, with 15.1 percent, according to the exit poll. The Christian Democrats are seen gaining 2.2 points to 35 percent.

Official results in both states are expected later Sunday.