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Triumphant Merkel set for 4th term

Angela Merkel casts her vote in Germany's election. Photo: Matthias Schrader / AP

Exit polls show Angela Merkel's conservative bloc easily finishing first in Sunday's German elections with around 33% of the vote, leaving Merkel set to retain her chancellorship for a 4th term.

The polls show opposition leader Martin Schulz's Social Democrats with between 20 and 21 percent support, and the anti-migrant, nationalist Alternative for Germany party with 13 to 13.5 percent support, enough to enter parliament for the first time.