But General Election 2015 has shown that when it comes to straight fights, PAP candidates always seem to pull it off – and by a wide margin.
The PAP won in 12 out of 13 SMCs, with an average of 67 percent of the popular vote.
Hong Kah North Ravi Philemon, tipped by the SPP as one of its strongest candidate, won just 25.24 percent of the vote.
Sengkang West, helmed by the supposedly vastly unpopular Dr Lam Pin Min, saw an increase in the vote for the PAP to 62.11 percent.
Lucky Charles pushed Lee Li Lian down to the wire and wrested back Punggol East, even though he had never walked the ground there prior to the hustings.
Jeanetter Chong-Aruldoss could do little to prevent the PAP winning by an even bigger landslide victory of 71.84 percent this time round in Mountbatten.
The only SMC to fall this election was Hougang SMC – the WP’s stronghold.
The frightening part is – Looking at these results, can Hougang be considered a WP “stronghold” if Mr Png Eng Huat wins by 57.89 percent of the vote, when the average PAP winning margin across SMCs is 67 percent?
This morning, opposition voters got a sad reality check, dubbed by many candidates as a “nationwide swing”.
And it swung in favour of the white corner.