The AfD man hoping to give Merkel a bloody nose on her own turf

Holm is challenging Merkel in the district on the Baltic Sea that she has represented since she was a fresh-faced political newcomer in 1990 when Germany reùnited. He insists she is not invincible despite her massive lead in the polls.

His upstart Alternative for Germany party pipped Merkel’s own CDU with 21 percent of the vote to take second place behind the Social Democrats in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state last September, putting him in the regional legislature.