Bavarian State Premier and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer (L) stands with top candidate from the Bavarian Social Democratic Party (SPD) Christian Ude in a television studio ... more 
Bavarian State Premier and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer (L) stands with top candidate from the Bavarian Social Democratic Party (SPD) Christian Ude in a television studio in Munich, September 15, 2013. Angela Merkel's allies swept to victory in a state poll in Bavaria on Sunday, winning enough support to regain the absolute majority they had lost in 2008 and boosting the chancellor and her conservatives a week before a German federal election. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), won 49 percent according to a TV exit poll. Their coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), polled just 3 percent, crashing out of the state assembly. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) less 
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