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1:33 p.m. ET, June 9, 2024

Far-right AfD party set to come in second in Germany, exit poll indicates

Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-leaders Alice Weidel, center, and Tino Chrupalla, right, react to results after the polls closed in the European Parliament elections in Berlin on June 9.

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The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is set to come second in Germany’s European Parliament elections, according to an exit poll from the European Parliament.

After initial predictions, the AfD had gained 16.5% of the vote, 5 percentage points higher than in the last vote in 2019.

The center-right Christian Democrats Party (CDU) is predicted to win 29.5% of the votes, making it the strongest party. The CDU is the political party of the incumbent European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who is hoping to gain a second term.

The exit poll indicates a weak showing from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which finished third with 14%.

Some background: Despite a strong predicted showing from the AfD, it is politically homeless in Brussels, after being kicked out of the far-right Identity and Democracy (ID) party.

ID removed the AfD from the group after its main European candidate, Maximilian Krah, said he did not consider all members of the Nazi group the SS to be criminals. ID said they no longer wanted to be associated with the party following Krah’s comments.

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