So Anwar got more votes, a lot more votes than BN in the 'mother of all by-election' in Permatang Pauh.
Why did he get such strong support from voters in this constituency?
Here are a few of the reasons, in the order that it comes to my mind
1. Permatang Pauh has always loved him and the voters there have wanted to give the country a Prime Minister for the longest time
2. Voters send Anwar to Parliament because they think the message they sent to BN in the March General Election was not heard by the BN leadership( Haris Ibrahim thinks so and so does Ron Kuda Kepang and Che Det)
3. BN election machinery was less than enthusiastic and allowed themselves to be overrun by PKR's campaigners (Datuk Tiger thinks so ans so does Tengku Razaleigh)
4. Voters believe that Anwar will run a cleaner and more transparent Government