Stephan Weil, top candidate for the Social Democratic Party, SPD, in Lower Saxony, left, and Lower Saxony's incumbent state governor, Christian Democrat David McAllister, right, pose for photographers after the state election in Lower Saxony, in Hannover, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Some 6.1 million people were eligible to vote for a new state legislature in Lower Saxony, which occupies a swathe of northwestern Germany. The vote is a significant electoral test before the German national parliamentary elections in September. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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Stephan Weil, top candidate for the Social Democratic Party, SPD, in Lower Saxony, left, and Lower Saxony's incumbent state governor, Christian Democrat David McAllister, right, pose for photographers after the state election in Lower Saxony, in Hannover, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Some 6.1 million people were eligible to vote for a new state legislature in Lower Saxony, which occupies a swathe of northwestern Germany. The vote is a significant electoral test before the German national parliamentary elections in September. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Stephan Weil, top candidate for the Social Democratic Party, SPD, in Lower Saxony, left, and Lower Saxony's incumbent state governor, Christian Democrat David McAllister, right, pose for photographers after the state election in Lower Saxony, in Hannover, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Some 6.1 million people were eligible to vote for a new state legislature in Lower Saxony, which occupies a swathe of northwestern Germany. The vote is a significant electoral test before the German national parliamentary elections in September. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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