German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, right, and the CDU top candidate of the Lower Saxony state elections, David McAllister, left, leave the podium after a press conference after the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a state election loss months before a national vote was painful — but she's downplaying the implications for her quest for a third term. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, right, and the CDU top candidate of the Lower Saxony state elections, David McAllister, left, leave the podium after a press conference after the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a state election loss months before a national vote was painful — but she's downplaying the implications for her quest for a third term. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, right, and the CDU top candidate of the Lower Saxony state elections, David McAllister, left, leave the podium after a press conference after the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a state election loss months before a national vote was painful — but she's downplaying the implications for her quest for a third term. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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