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9.50PM: Kaye leads Ardern in close race

Sat 26 Nov 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

9.45PM: While a number of electorate results appear cut and dried, there are others of glbti interest which are going down to the wire. One of the most high-profile races is between two friends of the glbtii community, National's Nikki Kaye and Labour's Jacinda Ardern in Auckland Central, which has Kaye ahead by just over 600 votes with 74 per cent counted. Young out Labour candidate Richard Hills is a distant second behind National's Paul Hutchison in Hunua. John "a waste of good barbed wire" Banks has pulled ahead of National's Paul Goldmsith in Epsom, an electorate he needs to win to keep ACT in Parliament. Labour's Louisa Wall is creaming Cam Calder in Manurewa. In Wellington Central, incumbent gay MP Grant Robertson has a comfortable lead over National's Paul Foster-Bell with more than half the electorate votes counted. Peter Dunne is more than a thousand votes ahead of Charles Chauvel in Ohariu, with just under 56 precent of votes counted. Lesbian Labour MP Maryan Street is trailing National's Nick Smith in Nelson, by a large margin. Chauvel and Street will return to Parliament via the list.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 26th November 2011 - 9:40pm

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