Claire Trevett observes that National’s list spots reveal the intention behind National’s potential deals.
National has sent a clear signal it will do a deal in the Ohariu and Epsom electorates by ranking its candidates in those electorates in high list places.
The highest ranked non-MP is Brett Hudson, National’s new candidate in Ohariu. Ohariu is currently held by United Future leader Peter Dunne, one of the National Government’s support partners.
Prime Minister John Key is expected to announce next week whether he will guide National voters in Ohariu and Epsom to give their electorate votes to Mr Dunne and Act’s David Seymour in those electorates to try to ensure National has support partner options.
Mr Hudson is the only non-MP who is ranked above some sitting MPs, at 39th place on the list and on current polling is a certainty to get into Parliament.
Epsom candidate Paul Goldsmith is ranked at 30 – nine slots above his 2011 ranking.
Mr Key is also expected to decide whether to cut a similar deal in East Coast Bays.