Exit poll backs Merkel's party
on 22/09/2013 17:25:22
The ARD television exit poll put support for Merkel's Union bloc at 42%.
But it put her coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats, on 4.7% - just below the minimum to keep their seats.
Challenger Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democrats won 26% and the Greens eight per cent, according to the exit poll. The hard-line Left Party won 8.5%.
The survey showed a new anti-euro party with 4.9% - uncertain of winning seats.
If Ms Merkel's coalition lacks a majority, the likeliest outcome is an alliance with the Social Democrats.