“It seems likely that we won’t know tonight who finished first, not the least because of the high share of postal votes. It’s also likely that the COVID rules will somewhat slow down the counting in the ballot stations,” Dilling said.
While a party that comes second could still lead the government, the Social Democrats might have a stronger claim to the chancellorship, Dilling says.
“In 2002, one of the arguments of CDU/CSU in favour of them leading the next government included the fact that they had gained support while the SPD had lost support. By the same logic, the SPD might have a stronger claim for the chancellorship given their substantive gains and CDU/CSU’s losses,” he said.
Source: Euro News