Exit polls from Germany show that the conservative allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel have triumphed in Bavaria ' s state election.
The polls by ARD and ZDF television channels on Sunday showed the Christian Social Union(CSU), allied with Merkel, has won 49 - percent support.
“It ' s a great day for the CSU, ” said Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner, who is a CSU member.
If confirmed, that would be enough for CSU to win back an absolute majority it lost in the state legislature in 2008. The Social Democrats, forming Germany's mainstream opposition party, came second with nearly 21 percent. Poised to win a third four-year term next week, Merkel has benefited from Germany's strong economy and low jobless rate. CSU is a sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which has seen a slip to 40-percent support, according to a recent national ARD television poll. Analysts believe that CSU, together with its sister party Christian Democratic Union (CDU), are to secure 39 percent of the vote in next week’s federal elections, which would force Merkel to find a coalition partner. Merkel’s current coalition ally, the Free Democratic Party is struggling to stay over the five-percent threshold needed to stay in the Bundestag, the country’s main federal legislative house.