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Bavaria vote kicks off German poll

15 September 2013 Last updated at 14:44 BST

Bavarians are casting their ballots in state elections - one week before the German national vote.

Polls opened at 8:00 local time (06:00 GMT), with preliminary results due to be announced shortly after 18:00.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), are tipped to prevail.

Emily Thomas reports.