What are his chances? Backed by Germany’s most powerful bloc, Armin Laschet should be the clear favourite, writes the BBC’s Damien McGuinness in Berlin. But he’s accused of inconsistency over lockdown measures, so his ratings are rock-bottom. His power struggle with Markus Söder has only annoyed voters more. Mr Laschet believes once the pandemic is more under control, the party’s poll numbers and his ratings will improve. But there are doubters in the CDU.

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