The polling booths are closed and the count has begun. Will National lose one of its safest seats to the man National attacked and ridiculed in 2008?
Will this be the beginning of the end of the John Key reign? Will the good people of Northland judge that National’s reign is intellectually and ethically bankrupt and they no longer deserve support? Will the circumstances of Mike Sabin’s exit from Parliament, whatever they are, cause locals to shun the party that has represented Northland for many decades?
The first thing to look for is the results of the early votes which should be announced reasonably quickly. There are a sizeable number of them, 13,089 in fact. This is over 3,500 more than in the 2014 general election. This may be indication of increased interest although it may reflect the amount of resources National has put into the campaign.
Today Cameron Slater claimed to have received a complaint from the Electoral Commission (donotlink link) and asked to take a number of articles down. It is hard to imagine why. But they seem to include all articles that mention Mike Sabin or Mark Osborne or Northland. Funny that.
Stay tuned …