Labour crushes rivals in takeover of Napier seat

Labour has snatched the Napier seat back off National, leading by a huge majority of 3733 votes.

After retiring cabinet minister Chris Tremain won the seat in 2011 for National by a 3701 majority, his absence this time around has seen Labour's popularity soar.

Labour candidate and former MP Stuart Nash led steadily ahead of his National rival Wayne Walford throughout the night.

Conservative Party candidate Garth McVicar - the Sensible Sentencing Trust founder - looks to be responsible for National's downfall in the electorate as he continues to hold his own just behind Mr Walford.

Stuart Nash/Wayne Walford Source: 1 NEWS

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