1st Exit Polls From Germany's Election Are In
Angela Merkel expected to win 4th term
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 24, 2017 11:36 AM CDT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as she casts her vote in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Merkel is widely expected to win a fourth term in office as Germans go to the polls to elect a...   (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)

(Newser) – Exit polls suggest Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has finished first in Germany's election, putting her in a position to lead the country for a fourth term, the AP reports. Exit polls conducted for public television channels ARD and ZDF suggested support for Merkel's conservatives was between 32.5% and 33.5% in Sunday's vote. They indicate challenger Martin Schulz's Social Democrats trailed in second place with between 20% and 21% support. The polls also suggested that the anti-migrant, nationalist Alternative for Germany party will enter the national parliament for the first time with 13% to 13.5% support. The Social Democratic Party called the Alternative for Germany party "a right-wing extremist party that doesn't belong in parliament.

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