The return of the SDLP’s Dolores Kelly was the most talked about story for Upper Bann in the March Assembly election.
Jo-Anne Dobson of the UUP also suffered a shock defeat, one of the many casualties at the polls the party endured following one of their worst elections in recent times.
Her colleague Doug Beattie will now stand for Westminster after he retained his Assembly seat. Initially there were expectations that Ulster Unionist veteran Danny Kennedy would be parachuted in to Upper Bann after losing his Assembly seat, but for now he will remain away from the front lines.
David Simpson for the DUP will fight to retain his seat. In 2015 he won with 15,430 votes, a relatively small margin of just over 2,000 votes ahead of Jo-Anne Dobson.
His party colleague Carla Lockhart easily topped the Assembly polls in March, showing voters in the area were not punishing the party for the RHI scandal.
Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd came a close second in the Assembly elections finishing less than 1,000 votes behind the DUP.
In the 2015 Westminster poll his colleague Catherine Seeley finished third with 11,593 votes, something Mr O’Dowd will hope to increase significantly following his strong performance in March.
Despite Dolores Kelly’s much heralded comeback in the Assembly elections, she only polled around a quarter of the votes won by the DUP in the 2015 Westminster elections.
This time her party colleague, councillor Declan McAlinden, faces overwhelming odds.
The Alliance candidate for Upper Bann is Tara Doyle, who gained 2,720 votes in the recent Assembly election - less than a third of the DUP’s poll topper Carla Lockhart.
Ms Doyle’s colleague Peter Lavery finished with 1,780 votes in the 2015 Westminster election.