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Why do they keep saying the Boris/Ken London Mayoral votes are 'close'?

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    Btw does anyone here honestly think that had there been another labour candidate, Boris would be re-elected? (assuming boris does win of course)

    I don't think so, as much as Ken is disliked, I think most of reason why Boris is re-elected is down to his own personality and campaigning ability. Would Oona King have done better for labour? i doubt it
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    Brent and Harrow have nearly finished counting.
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    (Original post by Morgsie)
    North East has gone for Ken apparently, first preference votes
    'A 12th London constituency - North East - declares its first preference votes in the mayoral election. Ken Livingstone takes 53.5% to Boris Johnson's 28.2%.'

    From the BBC website.
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    Its typical media trying to keep a story going and exciting when its not.
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    Edit- The Guardian blog says Boris has won.
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    (Original post by Pandabär)
    I thought Ken couldn't catch up now?

    Just waiting for Brent and Harrow, Enfield and Haringey...
    Just waiting for Brent and Harrow.

    http://www.londonelects.org.uk/im-vo...012?contest=23
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    (Original post by Pandabär)
    I thought Ken couldn't catch up now?

    Just waiting for Brent and Harrow, Enfield and Haringey...
    the reason being that apparently boris has won a majority in 2nd prefences (not announced officially, kinda leaked out) so obviously if he's ahead on 1st preference then this must mean he's won
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    (Original post by internet tough guy)
    the reason being that apparently boris has won a majority in 2nd prefences (not announced officially, kinda leaked out) so obviously if he's ahead on 1st preference then this must mean he's won
    Ahhhhh, I see.
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    They have kept saying another 30 mins and 30 mins later no declaration.

    Hopefully it is soon
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    (Original post by Aspiringlawstudent)
    A 6% lead is not by any stretch of the imagination 'close' though.

    There is no chance of Ken winning.
    The BBC are predicting Boris will win by 3% - I hardly think it's unreasonable to describe that as "close" - I certainly would...
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    ^ Yeah this is taking forever, who remember what it was lie in 2008?

    I think they announced the full results at around 6pm.
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    I'm also impressed with the Green Party gains...they seem to have loads of votes- more than the Lib Dems at least.
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    (Original post by callum9999)
    The BBC are predicting Boris will win by 3% - I hardly think it's unreasonable to describe that as "close" - I certainly would...

    I'm not seeing a 3% figure anywhere else at the moment.

    That seems overly optimistic for Ken.

    I would imagine the 6% figure being touted around as more representative of what will actually transpire - we shall see soon enough.
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    One of the reasons why this is late is because there was a power shortage at Alexandra Palace this morning
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    I wouldn't be surprised if Ken picks up a fair number of 2nd preference votes, especially seeing as Jenny Jones openly endorsed him. It probably won't be enough to win but if Brent and Harlow give Ken as good a result as the North East did he might be in with a chance.
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    (Original post by Aspiringlawstudent)
    I'm not seeing a 3% figure anywhere else at the moment.

    That seems overly optimistic for Ken.

    I would imagine the 6% figure being touted around as more representative of what will actually transpire - we shall see soon enough.
    Well even if it is 6%, it's still rather close in my book.
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    (Original post by callum9999)
    Well even if it is 6%, it's still rather close in my book.
    At the moment, there's over 100,000 votes in it.

    It feels odd to call that close.
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    I wish they'd hurry up- I can envisage counting and checking going on until midnight...

    I predict it'll be Boris as London Mayor at the Olympics. :ahee:
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    Just what are they doing? I need some sleep.
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    (Original post by meenu89)
    Just what are they doing? I need to some sleep.
    There waiting for the Brent and Harrow to come through to City Hall.

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