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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.

Poll Bludger: Libs out-gun, out-spend Labor at Tassie election

Poll Bludger: Libs out-gun, out-spend Labor at Tassie election

The Liberals are duly pleased with themselves for having run a campaign based on bread-and-butter economic fundamentals, aided by the economy's undeniably strong performance on Premier Will Hodgman's watch.

Poll Bludger: pokies claim more victims as the Liberals make late gains in Tasmania

Poll Bludger: pokies claim more victims as the Liberals make late gains in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Liberals have gained ground in the lead up to tomorrow's state election, but there are still a few battlegrounds that could see the tide turn.

Poll Bludger: according to the numbers, the Nats don't need Joyce

Poll Bludger: according to the numbers, the Nats don't need Joyce

One thing Barnaby's defenders have used to argue their case is that the Deputy PM is really very good at "retail politics", that he reinvigorated the Nationals Party. But is that actually true?

Poll Bludger: kapow! Batman byelection stuns Feeney, pits Bhathal against Kearney.

Poll Bludger: kapow! Batman byelection stuns Feeney, pits Bhathal against Kearney.

David Feeney's resignation is a blessing for the Greens. But the fight isn't over yet.

Poll Bludger: current state of play for the March 3 Tassie election

Poll Bludger: current state of play for the March 3 Tassie election

In Australia's poorest state, Labor represents a default setting that voters gravitate back to after their infrequent acts of rebellion.

Poll Bludger: a bumper year ahead for elections

Poll Bludger: a bumper year ahead for elections

With state elections in Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria, 2018 is shaping up to be a wild ride for poll watchers.

Poll Bludger: Xenophon could rinse major parties in South Australia

Poll Bludger: Xenophon could rinse major parties in South Australia

As it stands, Nick Xenophon's SA Best party could drop dramatically in the polls and still come out top dog in South Australia.

Poll Bludger: what just happened in Bennelong?

Poll Bludger: what just happened in Bennelong?

Both sides are busy spinning the weekend's byelection result, but the Liberals' claim to bragging rights is outwardly more compelling.

Poll Bludger: Keneally the underdog tries to take a bite out of Alexander

Poll Bludger: Keneally the underdog tries to take a bite out of Alexander

A win for Kristina Keneally tomorrow is a big ask -- but not without precedent.

Poll Bludger: as Tim Nicholls finally concedes, what has the LNP learned?

Poll Bludger: as Tim Nicholls finally concedes, what has the LNP learned?

As the LNP licks its wounds, it would do well to consider what damage the 'toffs in Ascot' did to their chances in regional QLD