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UKIP WINS CLACTON with OVER 12,000 VOTES! CARSWELL returned to WESTMINSTER as UKIPS FIRST ELECTED MP!

The results are starting to come in in Clacton and the UKIP defector, Douglas Carswell is an MP once again with over 21 thousand votes to the Tories second place with just over 8700.  The turnout appears to be high for a special election – just over 50%.

Here’s the result (from the Guardian UK live blog):

Douglas Carswell (UKIP) 21,113 (59.75%)
Giles Watling (C) 8,709 (24.64%, -28.38%)
Tim Young (Lab) 3,957 (11.20%, -13.84%)
Chris Southall (Green) 688 (1.95%, +0.71%)
Andy Graham (LD) 483 (1.37%, -11.57%)
Bruce Sizer (Ind) 205 (0.58%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 127 (0.36%)
Charlotte Rose (Ind) 56 (0.16%)

UKIP maj 12,404 (35.10%)

Electorate 69,118; Turnout 35,338 (51.13%, -13.05%)

Yes, it seems two (quiet) victory laps here in the First Colony (Virginia) for UKIP with the Union Jack.  No one will remember that the Labour candidate won but that she barely beat out the UKIP surge.

Carswell had a gracious and remarkable acceptance speech.  He thanked the other candidates, saying public office is a good thing to seek.  (I agree!)  He also criticized crony capitalism, said that Lincoln’s line “government of the people, my the people, for the people” was actually used first by Bible translator and reformer John Wycliffe(!), and that the next battle is coming up:  Rochester and Strood.

Carswell commends Mark Reckless for resigning and seeking reelection as a UKIP MP.  He says that old negativity by the major parties won’t work anymore.

It’s a great night tempered by more than a tinge of disappointment at how close UKIP came to the sweep tonight.  That voter you speak with might be the difference or influence the voters that make the difference in the election.

I am not sure what to make of it.  I think we are seeing the rise of a new politician in the making.  It’s not unlike Ron Paul resigning the GOP and running for Congress (and winning!) as a Libertarian.  It seems to be a potential for political realignment.  it is exciting to see.

But it is a WIN for UKIP!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

One Response to “UKIP WINS CLACTON with OVER 12,000 VOTES! CARSWELL returned to WESTMINSTER as UKIPS FIRST ELECTED MP!”

  1. UKIP Daily says:

    This is truly a historic landmark in both Clacton and UKIP. You can find out more at UKIP Daily

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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