National retains Northcote, with much reduced majority

Labour will claim that they’ve had a great victory in massively dropping National’s majority in Northcote. That would be foolish, but watch them do it.

Just two weeks ago they were claiming that they were very close, just 2 points behind National’s candidate. That turned out to be as false as their chinky sounding names claims.

Willie Jackson was the one that was donkey deep in campaigning in Northcote, and he was the genius who told Labour that if they busied themselves transferring voters off the Maori roll then they could take the seat. As usual he was wrong.  

The truly funny thing is the low turnout.  About the same number of people who voted for Jonathan Coleman at the last election turned out in total in the by-election.

In the battle of the handbags, National’s Dan Bidois has won.

It was rather a poor showing and Paula Bennett should be held accountable for the massive drop in the majority, but she won’t because National has won and so they won’t do a review of the campaign at all.

Which is a shame because she is just days away from some more issues making the news.

One interesting fact is that the Green candidate didn’t really take the election from Labour. There simply were not enough votes to make a difference.

Official results:

VOTES COUNTED:
19,900
100.0%
LEADING CANDIDATE:
BIDOIS, Dan
10,147
2nd CANDIDATE:
HALBERT, Shanan
8,785
CURRENT MARGIN:
1,362
Candidates Party Votes
BIDOIS, Dan
NAT
10147
HALBERT, Shanan
LAB
8785
JAUNG, Rebekah
GP
579
BERRY, Stephen
ACT
157
KOLONI, Kym
IND
95
LYE, Jeff
ALCP
76
CHEEL, Tricia
NZDSC
30
WALSH, Liam
NAP
5
26
19,900

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