From Sammy (who’s in transit) who reckons that Deeney should squeak home against SDLP Josephine Deehan, who should then face the fight of her life against the DUP’s Alan Bresland, with the odds tipped slightly in favour of the latter. That would bring the number of ‘unaligned’ MLA’s to nine – not counting the PUP’s Dawn Purvis accomplished performance in East Belfast to deny the UUP a second seat.
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