Alliance were looking to take 2 in the Town, and had a tight defend in South East. The SDLP were trying to take extra seats in the Town and South East, but the odds were felt to be against it in Town, while in South East it was felt they had a good chance of taking the Alliance seat.
The DUP and SF, were, realistically, just trying to hold their own. The PUP made their first foray in this area, running in South East from their Ballycraigy Estate power-base. While 2 independents ran in Town in protest at council neglect of the Town Centre.
As we'll see, it all turned out very differently from expectations in Antrim.
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