Merkel's CDU 'on course' for historic election win

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party is on course to win an historic absolute majority in the German election, according to a projection based on exit polls and some results from broadcaster ARD.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to first results of the 2013 German federal elections.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to first results of the 2013 German federal elections. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

The projection puts the CDU on 42.5% - just above the combined total for the other parties who together scored 41.6%, Reuters reported.

The last time a German party won an absolute majority was in 1957 with conservative leader Konrad Adenauer.

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