German election: Relive how results night unfolded and SPD edged in front of CDU

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Germany's centre-left Social Democrats, in an election race that was at times too-close-to-call, edged in front of Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union bloc, who had a disappointing night, preliminary results show.

Scroll through our coverage of election night below to see how events unfolded.

Read also our latest German election updates and five takeaways from the pivotal vote.

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