In Wellington Central and Ohariu-Belmont, left-wing voters have the opportunity to use their candidate votes wisely to help good left-wing candidates to victory, and keep out two conservative dinosaurs.
Wellington Central is a two-horse race between Labour’s Grant Robertson and National’s homophobic former ACT MP Stephen Franks. Wellington Central was a firmly Labour seat last election but the incumbent, Marian Hobbs, is retiring, and Robertson has a name recognition handicap compared to Franks. It could be a tight race. However, last election 3,700 voters gave their candidate vote to the Greens’ Sue Kedgley and another thousand went to micro Left parties’ candidates. If those voters keep their party vote Green but give their candidate vote to Robertson, as I will be doing, we’ll get a well-qualified Left MP and keep that bigot Franks out.
Ohariu-Belmont has been Peter Dunne’s fiefdom but Labour’s Charles Chauvel cut his lead from 12,000 to 8,000 last election. With greater name recognition this time, and National’s Katrina Shanks also taking votes from Dunne, the electorate is now potentially in play for Charles. If the 2,000 voters who gave their candidate vote to the Green candidate last election were to back Chauvel, we could get United Future out of Parliament altogether.
None of this is any criticism of the Green candidates but only the Labour candidates have a chance of winning. The choice is between Robertson and Chauvel or Franks and Dunne. Left-wing voters should back the left-wing candidates who have a chance of winning.