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Sunday’s candidates debate at the Opoho Presbyterian Church was peppered with humour and teasing. And jibes carried over into the next day.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Dr Peters said: "Michael Woodhouse spoke after me and asked the audience to also vote Ben Peters in the Dunedin electorate. It's a two-horse race now!"
Mr Woodhouse’s interpretation was rather different.
"Nothing I said should be construed as an endorsement of the Top candidate," Mr Woodhouse said.
The National candidate said he made a flippant comment aimed at Labour’s David Clark, concerning the relative importance of the party vote, compared with the electorate vote.
"Frankly, the best candidate for Dunedin would be me," Mr Woodhouse said yesterday.
"The real point is that I’m seeking the party vote for National."
Dr Peters said his initial reaction to Mr Woodhouse’s comment during the debate was pleasant surprise.
He also got in a one-liner about both Mr Woodhouse and Dr Clark in the debate, pointing out they had each been demoted by their parties.