Hamilton West more marginal without Green candidate

Candidates from the wee aprties rarely make a serious attempt to win an electorate.

They stand to get their party profile and generally campaign only for the party vote.

They can, however, have an impact on who wins the seat by splitting the vote.

The Green Party says it will seek another candidate to replace Max Coyle, who stood down after no disclosure of his political links was made when his partner was interviewed by the Waikato Times.

Labour will be hoping they don’t find anyone.

National’s Tim McIndo McIndoe Macindoe won the seat with a majority of 1,618 in 2008 when the Green candidate attracted 1,389 votes.

Without a Green candidate to split the left vote the seat could be far more marginal.

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7 Responses to Hamilton West more marginal without Green candidate

  1. Andrei says:

    Labour’s candidate is Sue Sue Moroney who is number 10 on the list so given MMP it makes not a shred of difference.

    On the other hand Tim Macindoe (Tim McIndo?)who holds the seat has a list position of 50 so it could personally be significant for him

  2. homepaddock says:

    Yes, thanks, it is McIndoe with an e, Andrei.

  3. Andrei says:

    Oh dear, I hate being a pedantic prat but it’s MacIndoe.

  4. homepaddock says:

    No need to apologise Andrei – The first thing I was taught at journalism school was: you can get anything else wrong and be forgiven but you must always get the name right.

    I googled to check and it’s Macindoe.

  5. Andrei says:

    These Scottish names surely are tricky

  6. Nathan Webster says:

    Considering Coyle was polling at 3% and rising it could make a bit of difference, he did have quite the strong local support base and was well known throughout Hamilton

  7. Mark Servian says:

    Don’t believe the Herald, believe the the Waikato Times, the Hamilton Branch of the Green Party has decided it is too late to find a replacement candidate – see http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/5677665/Max-Coyle-stands-down > Mark Servian, Hamilton Green Party Spokesperson.

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