Why a hung Parliament may be bad for 2018 bid
It's not just David Cameron who is concerned about the prospect of a hung Parliament.
The leaders of England's 2018 World Cup bid have also been watching anxiously as Nick Clegg has surged in the polls.
It's not that our bid leaders have anything against Mr Clegg or the Liberal Democrats. They are at pains to point out that they carry no torch for any party and, in fact, each of the three largest parties are supportive of the campaign in their manifestos.
It's just that a government based on no party having an overall majority after the General Election could make life difficult for England's chances in the other election - the battle to stage the World Cup in 2018.
Just to recap, Fifa will choose two World Cup hosts - one for 2018 and one for 2022 - from a field of England, Russia, Spain and Portugal, Holland and Belgium, USA, Australia, Qatar and Korea (the last two going only for 2022).
While rival bidders are already wheeling out their national leaders as ambassadors, using them to put their country's case, England's political heavyweights are being held back.
David Beckham (left, with Wayne Rooney) may head the delegation to hand over England's 2018 bid
Tony Blair's influence in helping London to win the bid to stage the Olympics in 2012 by pressing the IOC flesh in Singapore two days before the vote was crucial.
England would dearly love to pull off the same trick with whoever wins on 6 May but the possibility of a hung parliament and, who knows, another general election later in the year, is not helping as the FA takes soundings from the 24 Fifa members who will take the decision in December.
Russia's PM and President Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have already held meetings with the Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
It's just one of the factors in England's current assessment that Russia are now favourites in the race for 2018 - in fact, England considers itself to be third behind Spain and Portugal.
This could, of course, be bid kidology. Playing the underdog is a smart move for a country associated with the arrogance of the bodged 2006 campaign.
But it is a sign of how seriously the Russians, who can call on billions of dollars of support, are being taken.
Earlier this week, the contest threatened to turn nasty when a website emerged making serious allegations about Russia's approach to bidding. Similar claims were also made about Qatar. I can't repeat them for legal reasons.
Both Russia and Qatar deny the allegations which were based on a supposed interview with the investigative journalist Andrew Jennings.
Jennings says the website is bogus and denies making the allegations. He has now written to the head of Fifa's ethics committee asking them to investigate. He believes a rival bidder created the website to smear Qatar and Russia.
Whatever the truth of all this, it shows the potential for dirty tricks in a race which is being fiercely contested.
England's challange is to stay above the fray and convince Fifa's members that the country is a safe bet, especially after the supposedly riskier destinations of South Africa this year and Brazil in 2014.
A key step on that road will be taken in three weeks time when the FA hands over the bid book containing promises on budget, security, stadiums, infrastructure, transport and so on.
Providing he is available, David Beckham is favourite to head up the delegation and hand over the bid to Blatter at Fifa house in Zurich on 14 May.
In the absence of any clear political winner on 6 May, Beckham's role in the bid may become more important than ever.