In comparison to 2014 elections, BJP increased its average victory margin by 27 per cent in 2019, from 180,000 votes to 230,000 votes per victory. This growth is higher than the near-10 per cent growth in the number of voters nationwide. Even Congress expanded its average victory margin by more than 50 per cent. Regional parties not aligned with the BJP got hurt the most, with Biju Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Party and Telangana Rashtra Samithi facing a contraction in victory margins compared to 2014. BJP’s allies made hay in the sway: JD(U)’s average victory margin tripled, that of Lok Janshakti Party more than doubled.