Greg Presland can’t count

The only Labour MP to win a seat from National in the 2014 election is getting beaten up by the halfwits in the echo chamber that is the Standard.

Chief halfwit Mickey Savage aka Greg Presland, makes the following stupid claim based on not being able to count or analyse election results.

Good on him for winning.  If you look at the 2011 and 2014 election results in Napier you will see that his proportion of the electorate vote barely changed but National’s plunged by 19% points because of an energetic campaign by the Sensible Sentencing Trust’s candidate Garth McVicar.  His success was directly due to McVicar’s presence but hey, in politics winning is all important. 

Once again I have to point out what a load of bullshit the “McVicar won Napier for Nashy” argument is. We have had to do this repeatedly when the left and the media don’t bother to do the analysis properly. Here is the correct analysis.

Did Stuart Nash win Napier because of the Conservatives?

The short answer is no.

The long answer is that with a majority of 3733 Nash would have almost certainly won whether Garth McVicar was in the race or not.   

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For Wayne Walford to beat Nash he would have had to win a vast proportion of McVicar’s vote.

McVicar got 7135 votes, meaning that Walford would have had to have won 3733 just to get to parity with Nash.

Take Nash’s majority away from McVicar’s vote and you are left with 3401.

So for Walford to win he would have needed to win 3733 to start with, then half plus one of the remaining or another 1701 votes.

For Nash to stay ahead he would have only needed to win 1701 of the votes McVicar won.

Nash almost certainly would have won this small number of votes and won the seat even if McVicar wasn’t there.


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