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

In the running to replace Angela Merkel (L-R): Armin Laschet, Annalena Baerbock and Olaf Scholz
In the running to replace Angela Merkel (L-R): Armin Laschet, Annalena Baerbock and Olaf Scholz Copyright Markus Schreiber/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Copyright Markus Schreiber/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
By Lauren ChadwickEuronews
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Germans voted for members of parliament in an tight election race that will determine who succeeds Angela Merkel.

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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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