Famous sees growing shift in voting patterns
A new kind of Progressive Labour Party voter helped return the party to the Government yesterday at the polls, a party strategist claimed last night.
Christopher Famous, returned as MP for Devonshire East, said voters who once favoured the One Bermuda Alliance had switched sides.
He was speaking as a block party of cheering supporters swamped Court Street outside the PLP headquarters at Alaska Hall.
Mr Famous said: “The fact that the vote share moved from them to us showed significantly that OBA supporters stayed home, or that some of those that came out shifted to the PLP. The numbers don’t lie.”
Mr Famous said that his majority must have involved the backing of non-traditional PLP voters.
He added: “There’s no way I would have got that amount of votes without white and Portuguese-Bermudians putting their faith in me at the polls — and I take that very personally.”
He said that white voters, in the past not inclined to back the PLP, appeared to have changed their voting habits.
“I would say it’s not about how they view the PLP.
“It’s how white Bermudians see their fellow black Bermudians. Their voting reflects that they want more equality.”
PLP sources in the build-up to the election questioned if the new Free Democratic Movement would make inroads in the West End — a PLP bastion.
Mr Famous said: “The people up west, which is traditionally a PLP stronghold, have stayed the course. They’re not swayed by unworkable ideas. They’re not swayed by what could have been political cannibalism.”
He said the party was in high spirits.
Mr Famous highlighted: “We just took seats we never had.”
Mr Famous credited the win to a “campaign machine, with maybe ten core people, that targeted sites” and that the party had registered “close to 700 new voters”.
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