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The irony is that SF could have won c. 7 more seats had they run an extra candidate in a few constituencies...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 11:33:15 PM EST
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hum, but that would have been mostly at the expense of the smaller parties of the left. According to my off-the-top-of-my head analysis, it was the huge surpluses from the SF candidates that made them viable. At the beginning of the count, I thought that SF had sucked out all the oxygen for the other parties by getting so many first preferences... but the multi-member preferential system is mighty efficient.

Side-effect : SF may be looking for an excuse for a new election, but the other parties of the left will not be, any more than FG or FF.

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by eurogreen on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 07:32:56 AM EST
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The Greens got 7.5% of the seats with 7% of the first preference vote. It is unusual for a small party to get such a seat bonus, but the Greens got it because they are transfer friendly and got a lot of transfers from Sinn Fein.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 09:45:16 AM EST
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