i was rather bored so i thought it play as both blair and howard, doing exactly the same things the entire game to see if there was any tipped scales. and well... not really,
2 weeks out
labor 314 +.1
con 164 +6.1
ND 80 +11
1 week out
labor 282 -4.5
con 184 -.2
nd 96 +5.8
at the end
256 28% labor
179 27% con
153 31%!! New dems
it was played on medium, throughout the game i kept a record of every time each made press on each issue (i had them both give terrorism speaches on the same day, then went onto the next issue), both made the press an equal percentage.
both got one scandel each, with blair getting sting with a medium, howard geting a minor scandal agaisnt him (another party also got a minor scandal agaisnt howard.
the adds were about equally powerfull.
only one speech backfired, one of blairs
however blair was offered 5 interviews... howard 1..
howard got more bad special events, but also more good ones.
ofcourse the funniest thing is that the new dems polled the highest percent... but i think thats more of a result of trying to do this quickly and not trying my hardest with the candidates (i just skipped turns here and their inbetween speeches)
im not sure what it all means, but i dont think their is any inbuilt negatives (such as cons researching less scandals, worse adds etc.