An exit poll indicates that Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have emerged are leading the German election by a wide margin, though it is unclear whether her coalition partners will stay in Parliament.
The ARD television exit poll suggests:
- CDU - 42%
- Social Democrats - 26%
- Left Party - 8.5%
- Greens - 8%
- Free Democrats - 4.7%
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