National has won a third term and in doing so has had its third successive increase in vote.
John Armstrong calls it an utter triumph for John Key:
A complete and utter – and indisputable – triumph for one man; a total and unmitigated disaster for his many enemies.
This was slaughter. John Key is now in the elite company of other three-term prime ministers, like Helen Clark.
And a fourth term cannot be ruled out given the hiding that Key has inflicted on the centre-left.
It is as simple of that. No amount of flimflam, window dressing or blaming everyone else but themselves can hide how parlous things have become for Labour. . .
If final results are the same as preliminary ones, parliament will look like this: