The Electoral Commission has released the final results of the 2020 election and if election night was a shocker for National the final result is even worse.
They have lost the seats of Whangarei, which I thought was likely, and Maungakiekie and Northland which I did not predict.
Their share of the vote has meant a net loss of two seats. Denise Lee and Matt King will no longer be in Parliament. Paradoxically Maureen Pugh survives. If I was National I would have preferred Lee to stay.
Labour picks up one net seat. Lydia Sosene just misses out, damn it. Labour’s share of the vote tops 50% which is a phenomenal.
The Greens improved their share of the vote from 7.6% to 7.9% but unfortunately miss out on a further MP. Tough luck to Steve Abel.
The Maori Party picks up a list seat and ends up on 1.2 % of the vote. Debbie Ngarewa Packer joins Rawiri Waititi in Parliament.
This has got to hurt, especially the loss of the benefits that electorate MPs have.
I wonder if Judith Collins will survive this? Her best chance is that the caucus is too shell shocked to want to depose her now.