Beer tents are the favored location and campaign etiquette includes speaking to voters in a broad Bavarian dialect with a stein of beer in hand.
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Despite its past successes, the Christian Social Union the Bavarian allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party is facing a debacle as voters go to the polls Sunday.In power since 1958, most of the time ruling alone, the CSU is struggling to stop hemorrhaging votes to both the left-leaning Greens and the far-right, anti-immigration AfD.Monika Voland-Kleemann, a 63-year-old CSU member, expressed disbelief at the situation her party finds itself in. She said the CSU needs to dig deep to its roots and remind voters of what has been a certainty for decades that Bavaria is the CSU, and the CSU is Bavaria.Beer prices But all that local patriotism is no longer enough to energize voters, according to the latest opinion polls that show the CSU's lead eroding, while the Greens are scoring 18 percent and the AfD 10 percent.
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