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I think UKIP says it well here about the aftermath of the Newark by-election:

UKIP candidate Roger Helmer slashed the Tory majority in Newark – their 40th safest seat nationwide – and left the demoralised Lib Dems losing their deposit and falling to a miserable sixth place as we took a massive 26 per cent of the vote.

Here are the results from UKIP:

Newark by-election: result in full

Robert Jenrick (Con) 17,431 (45.03%, -8.82%)

Roger Helmer (UKIP) 10,028 (25.91%, +22.09%)

Michael Payne (Lab) 6,842 (17.68%, -4.65%)

Paul Baggaley (Ind) 1,891 (4.89%)

David Kirwan (Green) 1,057 (2.73%)

David Watts (LD) 1,004 (2.59%, -17.41%)

Nick The Flying Brick (Loony) 168 (0.43%)

Andy Hayes (Ind) 117 (0.30%)

David Bishop (BP Elvis) 87 (0.22%)

Dick Rodgers (Stop Banks) 64 (0.17%)

Lee Woods (Pat Soc) 18 (0.05%)

Con majority 7,403 (19.13%)

15.46% swing Con to UKIP

Electorate 73,486; Turnout 38,707 (52.67%, -18.69%)

I do think (although I wasn’t there – maybe Farage was told this and his source was inaccurate) Farage should not have said the lead would be 2500 votes.  It is a solid Tory seat and UKIP did do better.  I also think the Farage Labourite is a small factor here in Newark – they lost 4.65% percent.

Maybe they’ll be another by-election this summer in a better riding.  UKIP is a permanent force in British politics and is now an encouragement to American conservatives and libertarians.  It can be done.  Tuesday we can have a earthquake of our own – here in VA.  And this one will only cause damage to establishment Republicans, arrogant politicians of both parties, and numerous political consultants.  Dr. David Brat can win the election Tuesday.

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)

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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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