UPDATE 2-Voting starts in Bavarian poll, may hurt Merkel


(Adds turnout detail in par 7, Beckstein quote in par 12) By Madeline Chambers MUNICH, Germany, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Germans voted on Sunday in a state election in Bavaria, where conservatives could lose their absolute majority for the first time in nearly half a century and weaken the country's Chancellor Angela Merkel. Polls show the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), are in danger of falling below 50 percent, down more than ...

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