Alliance back in the fight?

At one point during the election campaign I read a senior Alliance member and good friend of Slugger boasting they were one of only two parties running in every constituency. I reminded him as it was the first time in 10-15 years for six of the eight constituencies held by Nationalists that wasn’t much of a boast.

Now the results are in what can we tell about Alliance’s first visit to those constituencies in such a long time?

FST – Vasundhara Kamble 437 (0.9%)
West Tyrone – Michael Bower 859 (2.3%)
Foyle – Keith McGrellis 223 (0.6%)
Mid Ulster – Ian Butler 397 1.0%
Newry and Armagh – Andrew Muir 545 (1.2%)
West Belfast – Maire Hendron 596 (1.9% )