Jul 1, 2013

Ikaroa-Rawhiti breakdown

I've posted my preliminary analysis of the Ikaroa-Rawhiti byelection at The Daily Blog: 
Labour’s revival has been limp. After losing four seats in 2005 and another in 2008, Labour has regained one (Te Tai Tonga in 2011). Ikaroa-Rawhiti was and is a Labour seat. Its retention isn’t surprising. In 2008 – off of the back of the Urewera raids and the foreshore and seabed – Labour secured 57% of the party vote in. In 2011 – the same year the party’s national vote reached a historic low – Labour secured 50% of the party vote in Ikaroa-Rawhiti. 
In that context, 42% of the candidate vote is not exceptional.
You can read the entire piece here.

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