SPD Candidate Scholz Won Televised Election Campaign Debate

BERLIN: Social Democrat Olaf Scholz won a televised debate on Sunday between the three leading candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor after Germany’s federal election on Sept. 26, a survey by pollster Forsa showed.

The snap poll showed 36% of voters polled believed Scholz won, ahead of 30% for Greens candidate Annalena Baerbock and 25% for conservative Armin Laschet. Merkel, a conservative in power since 2005, plans to step down after the election.

(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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