Merkel coalition, rivals in tight state election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks up after smelling at coffee beans during the opening tour of the 'International Green Week' in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. International Green Week opens to the public from Jan. 18 until Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Michael Kappeler)BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative-led coalition was in a dead heat Sunday with Germany's center-left opposition in a state election that was a major test ahead of a national vote later this year.


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