Latest polls before the ballot showed it was too close to call

A voter in Potsdam, Germany, cast her ballot on Sunday.

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

BERLIN—Germans began voting on Sunday in a landmark election that will produce a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The longtime leader isn’t running for the first time since 2002, leaving the field wide open in what pollsters say has become the most unpredictable election since Ms. Merkel first became chancellor 16 years ago.

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