Wednesday 22 January 2020

Newcastle beat Sunderland in the race to declare first and everyone made the same joke

The year just keeps getting worse for Sunderland.

By Alistair Mason

Before the business of who makes it into Number 10 takes centre stage, the most exciting race on election night is between Newcastle and Sunderland to see who can declare first.

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.

For those whose interests include the football pitch as well as the ballot box, it was a familiar sounding result.

Sunderland’s football team were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship this season, while Newcastle went the other way.

Of course, for both cities it seems the vote counters could teach the football teams a thing or two.

Whoever the winner, though, lots of people just enjoyed the farce of the battle.

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