VOTERS will take to the polls on Sunday to elect the 180 members of the 18th Landtag of Bavaria. Here is everything you need to know as Angela Merkel's government faces chaos.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) could lose its absolute majority due to rising populism and anti-government feeling among the public.
The Christian Social Union (CSU), which is Ms Merkel’s coalition partner and Bavarian sister party to the CDU, will be contesting the vote on October 14.
The parties were once close allies before publicly falling out over Ms Merkel’s migration policy.
The CSU has been critical of the Chancellor’s open policy towards migrants.
The party is also worried about right-wing, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) gaining more influence, after the party did well in last October’s federal election.
The regional elections could weaken the national government if the CSU is not successful and blame is placed on Horst Seehofer, who is Ms Merkel’s Interior Minister and leader of the CSU.
A poll published by German broadcaster ARD last week showed support for the CSU had fallen to 33 percent, despite usually getting around 50 percent of the vote.
The poll showed the Greens Party in second place, with 18 percent voter support.
German Bavaria election polls: The results could be a disaster for Angela Merkel's coalition (Image: GETTY)
This was ahead of the Social Democrats, who were at 11 percent, with the far-right AfD slightly behind with 10 percent.
The state is home to around 16 percent of the German population and also accounts for 18.3 percent of the country's gross domestic product.