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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.

While others abandon preference whispering, Victoria persists

While others abandon preference whispering, Victoria persists

Victorian Labor has been fairly consistent in its reticence to let go of group voting tickets.

US midterms confirm America is deeply (and dangerously) divided

US midterms confirm America is deeply (and dangerously) divided

Though the Democrats seized the House, the results suggest Donald Trump's populist movement retains much of its potency.

Insurgent Greens are the real threat to Labor in Victoria

Insurgent Greens are the real threat to Labor in Victoria

With the Liberals down and out, the Greens represent the real challenge for Labor at the November 24 state election.

After Wentworth: which electorate will the rise and rise of independents take next?

After Wentworth: which electorate will the rise and rise of independents take next?

After Kerryn Phelps overturned a 18% margin in Wentworth, what other seats might be under threat?

How Phelps' Wentworth triumph was almost thwarted

How Phelps' Wentworth triumph was almost thwarted

The chaos of the Wentworth byelection result reveals that Australia is yet to catch up to the new era of pre-polling.

The curtain rises on Wentworth and it should be one hell of a show

The curtain rises on Wentworth and it should be one hell of a show

Here's where things currently stand for key candidates Kerryn Phelps, Tim Murray and Dave Sharma.

Libs' gender problems could hurt them in majority-female Wentworth

Libs' gender problems could hurt them in majority-female Wentworth

What the Liberals clearly needed in Wentworth was a locally well-connected woman. Instead, they got a bloke from out of town.

The death of the 'safe Liberal seat'

The death of the 'safe Liberal seat'

The Liberal Party can't afford to take these constituencies for granted anymore. But what does it mean to be a "Liberal" seat now anyway?

Fallout from federal 'muppet show' ruins state Libs in Wagga

Fallout from federal 'muppet show' ruins state Libs in Wagga

Even Liberal MPs have admitted an ample share of the blame, of which there was much to go around, lay at the feet of Scott Morrison's much-invoked "muppet show".

Plotters count the cost of ousting Turnbull

Plotters count the cost of ousting Turnbull

The Liberal leadership spill has proven to be disastrous for polling numbers. What, then, was the point?