Top candidate of the Greens for the state elections in Bremen Karoline Linnert, celebrates after public broadcaster ARD released the first exit polls in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, May 22, 2011. The ... more 
Top candidate of the Greens for the state elections in Bremen Karoline Linnert, celebrates after public broadcaster ARD released the first exit polls in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, May 22, 2011. The Social Democrats in Bremen state are forecast to retain their lead with an almost unchanged share of 38 percent of the vote, but their junior partner, The Greens, surged by 6 percent to 22.5 percent. It says the chancellor's Christian Democrats lost about 6 percent, getting 20 percent of the votes for the state legislature. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By dapd, Jens Schlueter
Sun, May 22, 2011 1:09 PM EDT