Four graphics that explain how a far-right party won third place in Germany

Updated 9:19 AM ET, Mon September 25, 2017

Berlin (CNN)They didn't win the biggest share of the vote, but the far-right Alternative for Germany party did manage to achieve what similar parties in the Netherlands and France failed to do -- fracture the country's political landscape.

Preliminary results suggest a huge surge in support for the AfD, putting it in third place after Germany's two biggest parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Chri