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Merkel pledges Germany 4 more good years

Supporters of German Chancellor and Christian Democratic chairwoman Angela Merkel react after the first exit polls have been published at the party's headquarters in Berlin Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Michael Kappeler)

BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservatives will do everything to make the next four years successful for Germany after what appears to be a triumphant election win.

ARD and ZDF television projections Sunday showed a wide lead for Merkel's conservative Union bloc over challenger Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democrats. Merkel told supporters: "This is a super result."

But Merkel's coalition partners for the past four years, the pro-business Free Democrats, were in danger of losing their seats in Parliament.

That means it's uncertain who Merkel can govern Germany with in a third four-year term.

Steinbrueck said his party didn't achieve the result it expected. He said: "The ball is in Ms. Merkel's court. She has to get herself a majority."