German Conservatives Lean Toward Merkel Protege To Run CDU: Poll | 11/7/2018 | Staff
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BERLIN (Reuters) – German conservatives narrowly favor Angela Merkel’s protege to succeed her as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader, a poll showed, as rivals for the position promised to back the chancellor through her fourth term if they win.

Some 35 percent of supporters of the conservative bloc that also includes the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) said they backed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to take over the CDU helm, Friday’s survey for broadcaster ZDF showed.

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Businessman Friedrich Merz scored 33 percent and Health Minister Jens Spahn 7 percent.

CDU delegates will elect a new leader at a party congress in December, but views among the larger conservative bloc are likely to shape how they vote. Whoever wins is expected to become the CDU’s candidate for chancellor at the next national election in 2021.

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While stepping down as CDU leader, Merkel has said she plans to serve her fourth term in full, though there has been speculation that she might leave early if Merz or Spahn won the party leadership.

Merz, who stands to the right of Merkel on the...
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