Merkel's conservatives win absolute majority: TV estimates

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are headed for an absolute majority, meaning they would need no coalition partners, estimates by two public television stations said after elections Sunday.

Based on votes counted one hour after ballots closed, Merkel's party would win 304 out of 606 seats in the lower house of parliament, ZDF public television reported. ARD TV results also pointed to a narrow absolute majority.