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Parties neck-and-neck in post-Merkel election: exit polls

Exit polls from Germany’s general election to pick a successor to outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel show her conservative party in a dead heat with the Social Democrats.

Surveys published on public television after polling stations close find Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their candidate Armin Laschet with around 24-25 percent of the vote, nearly tied with the Social Democrats on 25-26%.

Analysts say the trend could shift significantly as results come in, due to the large number of postal votes this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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