Bavaria Holds State Elections
Markus Soeder, Governor of Bavaria and lead candidate of the Christian Social Union (CSU) political party, speaks to supporters at the Bavarian state parliament after initial election results give the party only 35.5% 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 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.