The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he believes his party would have won given another week of campaigning, pointing out that UKIP did better in votes cast today as opposed to postal votes.
He told Sky News: "No-one can ever say that a vote for UKIP is a wasted vote. We're getting nearer and nearer."
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.