Rowan to top poll in Holywood…

Lot’s of gossip, but few reliable facts so far. Most of the guestimates I’m getting are just that. Fair Deal is taking point on the real figures. Marion Smyth in North Down was spotted with a large smile on her face when the Crawfordsburn box was opened. Some concerns amongst the Greens that they had under worked their one realistic chance of a seat, but spreading their effort too thinly elsewhere seems to have been allayed somewhat recently. Again, according to Alliance tallies, Brian Rowan has taken 50% of first preferences in Holywood. But he may struggle elsewhere in the constituency.

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