Penrith By-Election: Victory Speech By Stuart Ayres

The ALP’s defeat in the NSW state by-election for Penrith presaged the party’s massive defeat 8 months later and did nothing to calm fears about Kevin Rudd’s leadership of the Federal party.

The ALP held the western Sydney electorate by 9.1% before the by-election. The sitting member had resigned after becoming embroiled in an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation.

The Liberal candidate, Stuart Ayres, won the seat with a 25.73% two-party-preferred swing. The ALP’s primary vote fell by 24.19% to just 24.48%. [Read more…]


Super Tuesday Election Speeches: Obama, Clinton, McCain, Huckabee, Romney

These are the main election night speeches from the 2008 Super Tuesday round of primaries.

The Democratic candidates are Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton.

The Republican candidates are Senator John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. [Read more…]


Mitt Romney’s Victory Speech – Michigan Primary

This is Mitt Romney’s victory speech, following his success in the Republican Party’s Michigan primary.

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President George W. Bush Wins Second Term; Kerry Concedes

President George W. Bush won a second term in the White House in the presidential election of November 3, 2004.

The Republican president and his running-mate, Vice-President Dick Cheney, won 62,040,610 votes – 50.73% – to carry 31 states and secure 286 electoral college votes.

Bush’s Democratic Party opponent, Senator John Kerry, won 59,028,444 votes – 48.27% – to carry 19 states plus the District of Columbia, and secure 252 electoral college votes.

Bush’s winning margin was the smallest ever for a re-elected president. There was one ‘faithless elector’ from Minnesota who voted for John Edwards, reducing Kerry to 251 electoral college votes. [Read more…]


Democratic Primaries Cement John Kerry’s Position As Frontrunner For Presidential Nomination

The mini-Super Tuesday Democratic Party primaries and caucuses have cemented Senator John F. Kerry’s position as the frontrunner for his party’s presidential nomination.

Kerry won the contests in Missouri, Arizona, Delaware, New Mexico and North Dakota.

Senator John Edwards won in South Caroline, keeping his hopes alive, at least for a few days.

Retired General Wesley Clark had a narrow victory over Edwards and Kerry in Oklahoma, also delaying his departure from the race.

The former frontrunner and Governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, was defeated in all seven contests.

The 2000 vice-presidential nominee, Senator Joe Lieberman, was also defeated and announced his withdrawal from the race. [Read more…]


John Kerry Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary; Election Night Speeches

Senator John Kerry has won the Democratic New Hampshire primary.

Kerry polled 39% against his opponents Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Joe Lieberman.

His win makes him the party’s frontrunner for this year’s nomination. [Read more…]


Bob Carr Claims Victory, John Brogden Concedes Defeat In NSW State Election

The ALP easily won the 2003 New South Wales state election.

The ALP won 55 seats, the same number it had won in 1999. The Liberal Party retained the 20 seats it had won in 1999, whilst the National Party won 12 seats, a loss of one.

It was the ALP’s third consecutive victory (1995,1999 & 2003) under Bob Carr. Carr retired in 2005.

These are the speeches by Premier Bob Carr and Opposition Leader John Brogden on election night. [Read more…]