The conservative CDU/CSU bloc is tied with the center-left Social Democrats on 25% of the vote, according to initial exit polls. In such a tight race, the possibilities for a coalition are still unclear.
The environmentalist Greens were in third position on 15%. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) were both on 11%, with the socialist Left party on 5%. The projections suggest the center-left parties were the biggest winners of the election. The SPD gained 4.5% compared to their result in the last federal election in 2017, while the Greens were up over 6%. The conservative bloc suffered heavy losses as the Angela Merkel era comes to an end. They were down by almost 8% on the previous election.
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