South Down: I want my old job back, says triumphant Jim Wells
"It's all about Jim," said more than one pundit on Friday night at the count for South Down.
Many had their doubts veteran DUP MLA Jim Wells would ever be back at Stormont.
A challenging 15 months saw him resign his post as Health Minister amid major controversy, and his wife Grace had faced serious illness.
After he was elected again to Stormont Mr Wells said his ambition was to return as Health Minister.
Sinn Fein returned Caitriona Ruane and Chris Hazzard to much fanfare, with new faces Harold McKee from the UUP and the SDLP's Sinead Bradley and Colin McGrath taking the remaining seats in the constituency.
Losing out was former SDLP MLA Sean Rogers and Independent MLA John McCallister, the former NI21 deputy leader, whose party imploded at last year's Westminster election.