Glasgow East Verdict
In some ways Glasgow East has been a very old-fashioned by-election.
Contrary to what many people expected (including myself), there haven't been swarms of MPs dragooned up here by the whips, certainly not on the scale of some of the big by-elections I've visited in the past, where party whips sometimes arranged coaches to bring their troops up from Westminster.
Media stunts and photo-opportunities have been fairly limited; few cabinet ministers have been seen, and all parties have concentrated on time-honoured campaigning methods - meeting people out on the streets, leafleting and knocking door-to-door - and this has been such a formidable Labour stronghold for so long that many voters here have probably never been canvassed by a political candidate in decades.
Labour has made much of the personality of their candidate Margaret Curran, whose photo appears 15 times on their main election address, whereas Gordon Brown's features - as you might have guessed - are not shown once.
Nor could I find any mention on Curran's leaflets, or on her website, of her predecessor as Labour candidate, David Marshall, the Labour MP for Glasgow East since 1979. He's become a non-person, it seems, suddenly airbrushed from Labour history.
He's played no role at all in Curran's campaign, and hasn't even got Labour posters up on his house, which, somewhat controversially, used to double up as his constituency office in his days as the MP.
Labour's strategy seems to be working. Several voters have mentioned how they don't think much of Gordon Brown's performance, but admire Margaret Curran and her record as a feisty, tough-talking MSP and minister in Edinburgh, and that's why they'll be voting for her.
What's more, there's little of the anger with Labour which was obvious in Crewe and Nantwich. Labour will lose people to the SNP, but probably not in sufficient numbers to lose the seat.
The SNP candidate John Mason, in contrast, doesn't seem to appear much in public without either his party leader Alex Salmond, or Salmond's deputy Nicola Sturgeon, which rather gives the impression that he can't be let loose on his own.
One voter yesterday described the contest as Margaret Curran against Alex Salmond.
The Tories have an interesting nominee in Davina Rankin, who, unusually for a Conservative candidate, is black (or strictly speaking, half black), and an active trades unionist. And their campaign has been pretty impressive. They know they won't win, of course, but have taken to the streets with gusto, energy and good humour, determined to show Glasgow is no longer a no-go area for them.
I've been impressed by how many voters have told me they will vote Conservative, which means the party may well save its deposit, and may even improve on the 6.9 per cent. I also expect the Conservatives to push the Lib Dems into fourth place.
That's unfortunate for the 30-year old Liberal Democrat contender Ian Robertson, who is a strong candidate and should go far, but his campaign lacks the energy, urgency and imagination we've come to expect from Lib Dems in by-elections.
It's a touch ironic that tomorrow they will probably suffer from the same kind of squeeze on also-ran parties which the Liberal Democrats have been brilliant at inflicting on third and fourth parties in the past.