598 seats in total with 301 seats needed for majority win. Angela Merkel, has been Germany’s president ever since the previous election of 2000. She previously was the leader of CDU/CSU, (Unionsparteien), Christlich Demokratische Union . Deutschlands Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern.
In the last election the CDU/CSU won 41,5 % of votes and has held 309 seats. Merkel needs to keep at least 301 votes to remain the Chancellor of Germany.
The contending candidates are Martin Shulz , recent leader of Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands SPD with a majority of 25,7 %193 seats, Sahra Wagenknecht & Dietmar Bartsch – Die Linke with 8,6 % and 64 seats, Katrin Göring-Eckhardt & Cem Özdemir Die Grünen 8,4 % and 63 seats.
During the last election Freie Demokratische Partei, and Alternative für Deutschland did not get a high enough percentage to win any seats in the Bundestag. The FDP leader is Christian Lindner and the leaders of AfD are Alice Wiedel and Alexander Gauland.