Can Gerd Hold?
The Christian Democrats (CDU) won 35.2% of the vote, or 225 seats, against 34.3% for Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD).Three seats separate the main parties.... It might just be grand coalition time.
And though they technically lost, the SPD won. They beat back the polls and expectations that predicted a CDU landslide and brought the result that counts to near-parity. And they hold the balance of power in the new Bundestag.