Prime Minister John Key is predicting a "tight and
tough"election, with the Government up against a "left wing
block" of parties.
Mr Key told more than 250 party faithful at a conference in
Hamilton today that National could not be lulled into a false
sense of security by high polling numbers ahead of the
September 20 general election.
He said National was not just up against the lower polling
Labour but also its left counterparts including the Greens,
New Zealand First and Mana.
"The real risk for us is to underestimate just how close this
election will be.
"None of us should be deluded into believing that a big poll
lead by National against Labour means we have election 2014
in the bag."
Mr Key said if the public sensed it would not be a change of
Government election, that could translate to a lower voter
turnout which could swing the result in favour of the
Labour suffered its worst defeat in years at the last
election he said, but National still only just kept power
because it was not a First Past the Post race.
Mr Key said the party had to work hard to keep voters
interested, and the Government would begin making policy
- Natalie Akoorie of the NZ Herald