The leader of the UKIP party, Nigel Farage is already looking ahead to the future of his party.
Speaking to Daybreak he said this morning's result at Eastleigh was "really exciting", as the party gained so many votes from Tory, Labour and Lib Dem voters.
He said looking forward to to 2015, the party needs to focus on getting more members, and more presence in UKIP's "weaker parts of the country."
The Conservative Party has a habit of turning a drama into a crisis. Especially when the background to the drama is Europe.
The wider political impact of parliamentary by-elections often turns out to be more important than the result – Eastleigh is no exception.