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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.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr (AAP Image/David Rowland/Lukas Coch)

The death of populism? Kiwi and ACT elections signal tough times for 'disruptors'

These two election results show a renewed support for the left. But how much can we really read into it?

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Image: AAP/Daniel Hicks)

Ardern set for a win, but the question is, how big? Oh, and the ACT Libs looking likely

Antipodean election junkies are preparing for a double dose tomorrow as voters go to the polls in New Zealand and the Australian Capital Territory.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (AAP/Glenn Hunt)

Cloudy with a chance of rising Greens: state poll is big test for Labor

It may be that the biggest election threat to the Palaszczuk government isn't the LNP, but inner-city Greens.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner (left) and Territory Alliance leader Terry Mills (right) (Images: AAP/Charlie Bliss, AAP/Aaron Bunch)

NT election is a cautionary tale for overambitious independents

Labor looks set to hold onto power in the Territory, thanks in part to a disastrous third-party play by a former chief minister.

Northern Territory opposition leader Lia Finocchiaro, Territory Alliance leader Terry Mills and Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner (Image: AAP/Aaron Bunch)

Just how do voters feel about closed borders? The NT is about tell us

Tomorrow's election will establish just how much Northern Territorians value their government's success in keeping the NT free of COVID-19 community transmission.

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.

(Image: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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?

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