Merz wins duel against Sensburg in the Sauerland

CDU direct candidacy Merz wins duel against Sensburg in the Sauerland

Assembly of the CDU in the Hochsauerland district

Friedrich Merz and Patrick Sensburg shake hands after the election results are announced. Photo: Jonas Güttler / dpa

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In a vote on the candidate for the federal election in the Hochsauerland district, Friedrich Merz prevailed against Patrick Sensburg. In his speech, Merz criticized the state of his party.

The former Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz was elected by the CDU in the Hochsauerlandkreis as a candidate for the federal election in a battle vote.

An open-air assembly meeting in a football stadium in Arnsberg in the Sauerland region named the 65-year-old CDU-Direct candidates in constituency 147. The current CDU MP Patrick Sensburg was left behind. Merz received 327 votes, Sensburg received 126 votes.

The two had previously campaigned for the approval of the delegates in speeches of more than 20 minutes each. While Sensburg Referring primarily to his work for the constituency over the past twelve years, Merz criticized the state of his party. He promised the delegates that he would not get a "comfortable and well-adjusted MP".

The Hochsauerlandkreis with its around 260.000 inhabitants is considered a CDU stronghold. Sensburg has been a member of parliament there for twelve years. In 2009 he succeeded Friedrich Merz, who had not run again after four terms (1994-2009).

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