BERLIN, Germany (CNN) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defeated her foreign minister Sunday to win another four-year term, according to exit polls reported by German television network NTV.
NTV reported Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party garnered 33.5 percent of the vote, based on exit poll projections. The polls show Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s center-left Social Democrats received 23.4 percent, the network reported.
“The voters have decided, and the result is a bad day for (the party),” Steinmeier said in a speech to supporters. “This is a bitter defeat.” He thanked those who helped lead his campaign and those who supported him.
The two parties currently are in a coalition, with Steinmeier as foreign minister.
Few doubted that Merkel’s party would receive the most votes. The question was what kind of coalition will be formed — another broad centrist one, across the political divide, or a more right-leaning one.