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Olaf Scholz’s SPD takes narrow lead in post-Merkel election: estimates

German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democratic SPD Party's candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz holds a campaign meeting in his constituency in Potsdam, southwest of the German capital on September 25, 2021, one day ahead of the German federal elections. (Tobias Schwarz / AFP)
German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democratic SPD Party's candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz holds a campaign meeting in his constituency in Potsdam, southwest of the German capital on September 25, 2021, one day ahead of the German federal elections. (Tobias Schwarz / AFP)

Initial result estimates from Germany’s general election to pick a successor to outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel show the Social Democrats (SPD) of Finance Minister Olaf Scholz with a narrow lead over their conservative rivals.

Preliminary results published on public television after polling stations close find Scholz’s SPD with around 24.9 to 25.8 percent of the vote, followed closely behind by Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their candidate Armin Laschet on 24.2 to 24.7%.

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