Bavaria election: Merkel’s conservative allies humiliated

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Bavaria election: Merkel’s conservative allies humiliated

Exit polls show CSU losing majority it has long enjoyed as far-right AfD makes gains

Angela Merkel’s conservative partners in Bavaria have had their worst election performance for more than six decades, in a humiliating state poll result that is likely to further weaken Germany’s embattled coalition government.

The Christian Social Union secured 35.5% of the vote, according to initial exit polls, losing the absolute majority in the prosperous southern state it had had almost consistently since the second world war. The party’s support fell below 40% for the first time since 1954.

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