Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats have been pushed into third place in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State elections according to TV projections for based on exit polls and partial counting.
The centre-left Social Democrats who led the outgoing government in coalition with the Christian Democrats saw their share of the vote fall from 36% to 30% while their CDU junior partners had their vote drop from 23% to 19% ... their worst result ever in the State.
The opposition Left party, once popular as picking up protest votes, saw their vote plummet from 18% to 12% while the Greens hover around the 5% mark (anything less than 5% and they're out of the parliament).
The big winner however is the three year old right-wing nationalist and anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party which has scored 22% of the votes and is now represented in nine of Germany's sixteen State legislatures. While the State is home to relatively few migrants Merkel's immigration policies were a major issue in the election with the AfD making much of the New Year's Eve robberies and assaults blamed largely on immigrant arrivals as well as the two July attacks carried out by asylum-seekers and claimed by ISIS as theirs.
On present polling there is little doubt the AfD Party will do well in the Federal election due next year. Between now and then there are a further five State elections. They will be watched with interest.
Of particular concern to Chancellor Merkel is that this is the State where the she has her parliamentary constituency.