SPD candidate Scholz won televised election campaign debate - poll

Televised debate of the candidates to succeed Germany's Merkel
German Finance Minister and Social Democratic Party candidate Olaf Scholz before a televised debate of the candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor in Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2021. Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Social Democrat Olaf Scholz won a televised debate on Sunday between the three leading candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor after Germany's federal election on Sept. 26, a survey by pollster Forsa showed.

The snap poll showed 36% of voters polled believed Scholz won, ahead of 30% for Greens candidate Annalena Baerbock and 25% for conservative Armin Laschet. Merkel, a conservative in power since 2005, plans to step down after the election.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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