Newcastle beat Sunderland in the race to declare first and everyone made the same joke
The year just keeps getting worse for Sunderland.
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 8, 2017
That fight has been all Sunderland in recent years – they had come out on top in the previous six general elections – but this time around it was Newcastle that came out on top.
Newcastle City Council declared the first winner, with Labour candidate Chi Onwurah winning the seat of Newcastle Central at 11pm.
— PA Media (@PA) June 8, 2017
#Breaking Newcastle Central beat Sunderland to become first seat to declare at 11pm, with Labour candidate Chi Onwurah winning
For those whose interests include the football pitch as well as the ballot box, it was a familiar sounding result.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 8, 2017
Newcastle have swapped places with Sunderland for the second time in a month.
Sunderland’s football team were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship this season, while Newcastle went the other way.
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 8, 2017
Sunderland also relegated as count to declare first.Newcastle promoted
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 8, 2017
Newcastle declaring first and beating Sunderland reminds me of when Newcastle United were promoted and Sunderland were relegated.
— #NUFC Portal (@NufcPortal) June 8, 2017
Newcastle won over Sunderland! Well, what a good feeling. Loong time no seen, ey? #NUFC
Of course, for both cities it seems the vote counters could teach the football teams a thing or two.
— Suzy Quiquero (@suzyquiquero) June 8, 2017
If Newcastle or Sunderland played football like they count an election ballot they'd be in the Champions League #ge2017
Whoever the winner, though, lots of people just enjoyed the farce of the battle.
— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) June 8, 2017
Newcastle/Sunderland is basically it's a knock out, with ballot boxes
— Derren Litten (@DerrenLitten) June 8, 2017
I thought it was a general election. Sunderland and Newcastle appear to think it's a round of It's A Knockout.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) June 8, 2017
Always quite like the way Newcastle & Sunderland turn the first hour of election coverage into a revival of 'It's a Knockout'