Bavaria Holds State Elections
Image shot in black and white. Color version not available). Horst Seehofer (C), Chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU) political party, walks between television interviews at the Bavarian state parliament after initial election results gave the party only 36,2% of the vote in Bavarian state elections on October 14, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Bavaria is holding state elections today and the 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.