Who is Andrew Little? Ctd – Is he Electable?

Andrew Little has run in New Plymouth twice now, and lost badly twice. Incumbent National MP Jonathan Young gave him a sound beating in 2011 and absolutely destroyed him in 2014.

At the 5.45 mark of his first press conference as leader he was asked about this. “Andrew Little you got whipped in New Plymouth, how can you beat John Key nationwide.

Lets take a look at the results in New Plymouth.

Little Young Margin Little Diff Young Diff Margin Diff
2011 13,374 17,644 4,270 -1,586 3,922 5,508
2014 11,788 21,566 9,778
Labour National Margin
2011 8,761 18,073 9,312 -814 2,896 3,710
2014 7,947 20,969 13,022

So over two elections Andrew Little has managed to turn New Plymouth into a safe National seat, increase the National Party vote and reduce the Labour Party vote. This is against Jonathan Young, who is not seen as a star inside National.

In fairness to Little even though Young is a former pastor he is also as cunning as a shithouse rat and ran one of the greatest campaigns in New Zealand history when he had ten weeks to beat the very popular Harry Duynhoven in 2008.

Andrew Little will face repeated calls to show he is electable, and that the people of New Plymouth were wrong when they gave him the bum’s rush two elections in a row.

It is important to note that is not just Little’s personal vote that fell in New Plymouth. His campaign managed to lower the all important Party Vote too.

It is fair to assume that National will return to parliament with some great sledges about how Little can’t even increase his own vote in his home town.


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