Decent turn out at the polls this morning…

Having spoken to a few people on the ground this morning, I am not going to significantly change my view that the three main parties last time out (2004) will bring home the bacon this time. Hopes that the SDLP will come through the middle may be dented by the good weather and the fact that turnout in unionist areas this morning was steady (no real signs yet of a big switch off). People in both the main Unionist parties are convinced the other will suffer the greater damage: the DUP’s ‘let’s top the poll for unionism’ will almost certainly be defenestrated if, as expected, Bairbre de Brun comfortably tops the poll. But then again, Jimmy Nick could yet face an embarrassingly breathless dash for the finish on Monday…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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