Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In the Netherlands, France and the U.K., right-wing parties faded down the stretch run of their campaigns and then further underperformed their polls on election day. (The latest example came on Sunday in the French legislative elections, when Marine Le Pen's National Front received only 13 percent of the vote and one to five seats1 in the French National Assembly.) The right-wing Alternative for Germany has also faded in polls of the German federal election, which will be contested in September.
The beneficiaries of the right-wing decline have variously been politicians on the left (such as Austria's Van der Bellen2), the center-left (such as France's Emmanuel Macron) and the center-right (such as Germany's Angela Merkel, whose Christian Democratic Union has rebounded in polls). But there's been another pattern in who gains or loses support: The warmer a candidate's relationship with Trump, the worse he or she has tended to do.
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