Merkel Leads Exit Polls, Hails 'Super Result'

But looks like she'll have to forge a coalition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
Merkel Leads Exit Polls, Hails 'Super Result'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party CDU, waves to residents next to her husband Joachim Sauer, left, as they walk back after casting their votes in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. 62 million voters in Germany are entitled to elect a new parliament as Merkel...   (Gero Breloer)

(Newser) – Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservatives will do everything to make the next four years successful for Germany after what appears to be a triumphant election win. ARD and ZDF television projections today showed a wide lead for Merkel's conservative Union bloc over challenger Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democrats. Merkel told supporters: "This is a super result."

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But Merkel's coalition partners for the past four years, the pro-business Free Democrats, were in danger of losing their seats in Parliament. That means it's uncertain with whom Merkel needs to forge an alliance to govern Germany for a third four-year term. Steinbrueck said his party fell short of its expectations, adding, "The ball is in Ms. Merkel's court. She has to get herself a majority." (Read more Germany stories.)

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