March 30, 2015
Campaign falls to pieces under clueless Key
New Northland MP Winston Peters is calling his by-election win a victory for old-fashioned politics.
His 4000-vote majority was built on running up 7000 kilometres in the campaign bus over the past month as he tracked across the huge electorate meeting voters.
He says when he saw backbench National MPs putting up hoardings for candidate Mark Osborne, he knew the ruling party's machine in the north had fallen apart under former MP Mike Sabin.
That became even more clear from Prime Minister John Key's clumsy attempts to rally support that National has lost touch with the regions.
"He had no idea what was going on up here. He has no idea what is going on in Gisborne either, or on the West Coast or the Whanganuis of this world. It showed the moment they got put on the heat of a hard campaign, they utterly fell to pieces," Mr Peters says.
He also detected block support from Maori in the north for his campaign.
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