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William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, is one of the most heavily trafficked forums for online discussion of Australian politics, and joined the Crikey stable in 2008.

Labor candidate for the seat of Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

General election soothsayers shouldn't divine much from Eden-Monaro

In an era of election surprises, the results in Eden-Monaro surprised by not surprising.

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Memo to Albo: good oppositions don't lose byelections

When it comes to winning the Eden-Monaro byelection, the stakes are much higher for Labor than the Coalition.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Likely byelection a test for Coalition unity — and Labor's lasting appeal

If the NSW deputy premier can steal the prized seat of Eden-Monaro back from Labor at the expected byelection, John Barilaro will be his party's newest hero.

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Trump's poll boost not as good as he thinks

The prevailing atmosphere of crisis is proving a boon for incumbents in the polls — including US President Donald Trump.

(Image: AAP/Kelly Barnes)

Democracy prevails in a time of social distancing — for now

More than 3 million Queenslanders are soon set to vote in local government and state byelections. How is this supposed to work?

(Image: AAP Image/SNPA, David Alexander)

Polls apart: rumours of Ardern's demise greatly exaggerated in Australia

As New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern visits Australian shores, News Corp would like you to think she's lagging back home. The polls say differently.

(Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Why are the Greens preferencing Labor last in this NT byelection?

It's almost without precedent for the Greens to actively tilt the scales in the conservatives' favour.

(Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The bushfire culture war presents a huge challenge for leaders in marginal seats

These areas are the litmus test of Australian politics. What do they think of the ongoing crisis?

Senator Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Peter Rae)

Rorters, take note. Buying votes is tempting but it doesn't seem to work

The sports grants affair stands testament not just to the deviousness of much of the political class, but also to its egotism

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Young voters may define the UK election

It would be an understatement to say that election night in Britain has surprised before.