Angela Merkel's conservative partners in Bavaria have had their worst result in a humiliating federal election result for more than six decades, which should further weaken the contested German coalition government.
The Christian-Social Union has received only 35.5% of the vote After first election polls, it has thus lost the absolute majority that it had enjoyed since the Second World War in the prosperous southern states.
The main winners included green, environmentally-friendly immigration, which was almost predicted. At the expense of the Social Democrats, who lost their position as the second largest party, their voter turnout doubled to 1
The anti-immigration alternative for Germany (AfD), which first entered the national parliament federal election last year, has repeated the feat in Bavaria – once considered to be closed off to the party – and secured 11% will be in the region
The Free Voters, a regional protest party, are also expected to receive 11.5% of the vote.
At 72.5%, voter turnout is at its highest level in nearly 40 years.
The CSU, the sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), has ridden for decades on a ticket to popular Bierhall rhetoric and is committed to protecting the homeland homeland, combined with the urge for business to succeed – often referred to as "laptop and leather pants".
At the last election, the CSU secured 47.7%. At the height of its popularity, the CSU reached 62% of the vote in 1974. It more or less assumed its dominant position as a standalone leader in the Bavarian government, but its power base began to erode with the downfall of the general political landscape across Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
However, the dramatic slide The fate of the CSU coincided with the influx of refugees into Germany in the summer of 2015, when Bavaria became the country's entry point for about 1 million refugees, leading to insecurity and, among other things, a xenophobic reaction , The CSU leadership – under Prime Minister Markus Söder and CSU party leader Horst Seehofer, who is also interior minister in Berlin – endeavored to blame the increasing instability of Merkel's refugee policy in Bavaria.  In order to combat the backlash against Muslim refugees, a law was passed requiring classrooms and public buildings to hang the crucifix and ban the burqa.
The consequences of the refugee crisis and disputes between Seehofer and Merkel over the control of the German border have almost repeatedly led to the collapse of Merkel's fragile coalition.
But in the weeks leading up to the poll, polls showed that the CSU's hard-line stance and its near-success in the collapse of the government made voters flat on other parties.
The bleak outcome of the CSU raises doubts about the political Future of Söder and Seehofer arise.
The future of the Bavarian The government is unclear, although the Greens have signaled their willingness to form a coalition with the CSU, which in turn is not sure about such an alliance.