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21:37 UTC
Does Dresden Decide?
The head of Germany's Emnid polling organization has predicted that a provisional final result will not differ greatly from current predictions, but the winner could still remain undecided until a late election in the eastern German city of Dresden takes place on Oct. 2.
Under Germany's complicated system of calculating
parliamentary seats, Gerhard Schröder's Social Democrats could yet win more seats in parliament than the opposition Christian Democrats, despite receiving fewer votes overall.
With the so-called overhang seats, the SPD and CDU both have 222 seats. The 219,000 registered voters in Dresden could in the end be the tie-breaker.

20:40 UTC
222 Seats for SPD and CDU
According to a prediction by the Forsa opinion institute, a parliamentary parity between SPD and CDU is quite possible with both parties having 222 seats. In terms of votes, Forsa put the CDU ahead with 35.0 percent and the SPD with 34.0. The FDP received 10.0 percent and the Greens 8.2 percent. The Left Party came in with 8.5 percent.


by Greco on Sun Sep 18th, 2005 at 05:53:11 PM EST

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