Jeez I used to like Dobson but guess just like so many other its all about me. Its all Mikes fault apparently because of the SDLP transfers!. Balancing by the party between Beatie and Dobson was really bad hmm Dobson got 5132 votes and Beatie got 5467 I would say that is pretty awesome balancing. Fact was there was not enough votes for 2 UUP mlas for the new 5 seat constituency. Doug won, suck it up but just like Pengelly in the DUP they just think of themselves
Very much sour grapes. Dobson didn't lose any territory in the constituency, Beattie just gained the Lurgan wards which was designated to the 3rd UUP candidate last time. Dobson may have gained Donaghcloney ward this year, yet her raw total still declined by 35 votes even with the increase in turnout. Looks like Beattie was capable of winning over voters, while the areas which had the choice between Dobson and Lockhart, picked the vacuous authoritarian who is more effective at constituency work (of course Nesbitt didn't help).