14/10/18

"This Is An Earthquake For Bavaria": CSU Suffers Stunning Defeat, Loses Absolute Majority In Worst Result Since 1950



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"This Is An Earthquake For Bavaria": CSU Suffers Stunning Defeat, Loses Absolute Majority In Worst Result Since 1950
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Voters in Germany's economically dominant southern state of Bavaria delivered a stunning rebuke to the ruling Christian Social Union, in an election that underscored the evaporation of support for the parties in Angela Merkel's grand coalition in Berlin.

With all eyes on Sunday's Bavaria election, moments ago the first exit polls were published and showed a historic collapse for the ruling CSU party, which has ruled Bavaria continuously since 1957, and which saw its share of the vote collapse from 47.7$ in the 2013 election to just 35.5%, losing its absolute majority and suffering its worst result since 1950, as voters defected in their droves to the Greens and the far-right Alternative for Germany.

The CSU was followed by the Greens which soared in the election, more than doubling to 18.5% from 8.6% in 2013, the FW also rose to 11% from 9.0%, in 2013, while the nationalist AfD was set to enter the Bavarian regional assembly for the first time with 11% of the vote. Meanwhile, the other establishment party, the left-of-center SPD also saw its support collapse from 20.6% in 2013 to just 10% today.

The full initial results from an ARD exit poll are as follows:

  • CSU: 35.5 %
  • Grüne: 18.5 %
  • FW: 11.5 %
  • AfD: 11.0 %
  • SPD: 10.0 %
  • FDP: 5.0 %
  • Linke: 3.5 %
  • Sonstige: 5.0 %

Visually:

This was the worst result for the CSU ....

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