Germany CDU: Armin Laschet backed by Merkel party in chancellor race

The CDU party’s executive debated on video for six hours before making their choice, although Mr Söder, the 54-year-old Bavarian Prime Minister, had a clear lead in opinion polls. The youth wing of the two parties, the Junge Union, had left its weight behind before the meeting, and some CDU prime ministers said they had also favored the Bavarian head of state.