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
Polls: Merkel Expected to Win 4th Term in German Election
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 new parliament.   (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)

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. (More Angela Merkel stories.)

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