Cosgrove in big trouble

Clayton Cosgrove, through de-branding in successive election cycles, had previously made Waimakariri a fortress for him. Theoretically it should also be a fortress for Labour.

Waimakariri Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove faces a crushing defeat as a new poll shows his National rival, Kate Wilkinson, has opened up a huge lead in the seat.

A Fairfax Media-Research International snap poll in the seat put Wilkinson on 53.9 per cent of decided voters against 36 per cent for Cosgrove. The only consolation for Cosgrove is that the poll of 250 voters had a margin of error of 6.2 per cent and a high proportion of undecided voters – 23.5 per cent.

The poll also showed a huge lead for National of 71.9 per cent to Labour’s 17.4 per cent.

That compares with 2008 when National won the party vote in the seat by 49.4 per cent to 33.9 per cent for Labour.

Clayton Cosgrove must have known this was a possibility because for the first time in a few elections he sought the safety of the list. Unfortunately for the voters they can’t truly get rid of Clayton Cosgrove because he sits at number 8 on Labour’s list.

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