According to exit polls, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is leading in the election; however, support for the party declined significantly. According to the broadcaster ARD, the CDU polled 28%, while the Social-Democratic Party (SPD) won 20%, whereas their allies from the Green party managed to garner 19.5%.
Angela Merkel’s CDU has thus lost a significant portion of the vote, dropping to 28% from 38.3% in 2013. Meanwhile, the SPD, which is currently placing second, won 20%, a decline from 30.7% in the previous election.
At the same time, the AfD succeeded to overcome the 5% threshold, which means that the party will be represented in all the regional parliaments in Germany.