‘I’ll be darned’: Biden reacts to pivotal German election result

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U.S. President Joe Biden attends a news conference with Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 15, 2021.Alex Edelman | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesU.S. President Joe Biden said "I will be darned" after a reporter told him Germany's Social Democratic Party was ahead in the historic election to succeed Angela Merkel.Biden, who had spent the weekend at Camp David, did not know who was projected to win the German vote until he got back to Washington."They're solid," Biden said of the results when told Sunday the SPD was expected to beat Merkel's conservative alliance, according to Reuters. Early results Monday gave the center-left SPD the largest share of the vote with 25.9%, according to the country's Federal Returning Officer, with Merkel's right-leaning bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union getting 24.1%.Coalition negotiations will now begin but could take week
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