Poor Robbo, utters the fateful words of a losing candidate

The other day I blogged about the things that losing candidates say. The second on the list was:

“The only poll that matters is the poll on Election Day.” This doesn’t guarantee defeat in the upcoming election, but it means you are losing the race at the time and have no empirical evidence to the contrary. It’s up to the candidate to change the dynamic of the race.

Grant Robertson has now uttered those fateful words of a losing candidate. 

Today it emerged that both the Rail & Maritime Transport Union and the Dairy Workers Union, which combined hold 3.7 per cent of the vote for Labour leadership battle, had endorsed David Cunliffe. In both cases Shane Jones was favoured second with Robertson third.

Robertson said unions were taking a “range of different stances” however he still insisted he had “strong support” from Labour affiliated unions.

“There’s only one poll that matters and that’s the poll of members and caucus members and affiliated unions and I’m very optimistic,” Robertson told reporters ahead of the meeting.

On Friday night a 3News poll but Cunliffe well ahead of Jones in second and Robertson third.

Sad really, after a lifetime of not working in a real job he is set to fail at the last hurdle.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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