The far-right AfD party won single-digit support in Lower Saxony's local elections on Sunday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU still the leading force in the northwestern state.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won 7.8 percent of the overall vote in Sunday's local elections in the western state of Lower Saxony, putting it at fourth place behind Merkel's CDU (34.4 percent), the Social Democrats (31.2 percent) and the Green party (10.9 percent).

The Free Democratic Party won 4.8 percent of the vote, while Die Linke (Left Party) won 3.3 percent.

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