I just lost $2,500 on iPredict. I had purchased a massive amount of Anderton too win stock when he was 30% ahead in the polls.
I can honestly say I have never so happy to lose $2,500.
Bob Parker has won with around 68,000 to 51,000.
Mayor Parker made some mistakes in his first term. But his response to the earthquake has been excellent. It has been more than just talking to cameras as Anderton snidely put it. A natural disaster does not always help the incumbent – look at Hurricane Katrina and Bush.
I wonder if Anderton will persist, in his final year in Parliament, with the myth he is a party leader.