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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

(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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