Bavaria Holds State Elections
Anton Hofreiter, Bundestag faction of the German Greens Party (Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen), Katharina Schulze, co-lead candidate of the German Greens Party (Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen), Ludwig Hartmann, co-lead candidate of the German Greens Party (Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen), and Claudia Roth (R) speak to supporters after initial election results that give the party 18,9% of the vote in Bavarian state elections on October 14, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Bavaria is holding state elections today and the Christian Social Union (CSU), traditionally the dominant party in Bavaria, is set to take an electoral beating, as are the German Social Democrats (SPD). The main beneficiaries are expected to be the Greens Party and the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD). Consequences of the result go beyond Bavaria, as the poor showing for the CSU, the sister party to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the SPD represents strong voter dissatisfaction with the federal governing coalition.