Originally published by The Spinoff

National had prepared for the worst. But it hadn’t prepared for that. Stewart Sowman-Lund watched the ship crash and burn.

The invitation sent out ahead of National’s election night event said to arrive at 7pm. Of course, only media would arrive on time – the guests would be fashionably late.

But as time ticked on, the 400-seater Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron never felt packed.

The first National candidate, Melissa Lee, arrived about 8pm. Paul Goldsmith…

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