Rural candidates' election hopes were thrown into chaos by the torrential rain and floods. In New Territories West, Heung Yee Kuk vice-chairman Daniel Lam Wai-keung said the rain had cost him 60 to 70 per cent of his votes. 'In the past, by 4.30 pm, more than 17,000 villagers would have voted. But today, there are only about 6,000. 'Some villages, like Pat Heung, are all flooded and couldn't be reached by car even if we wanted to give people a lift to vote,' said Mr Lam, leading the New Territories Alliance ticket. He said he had been in with a chance of winning the fifth New Territories West seat. 'But now that the rural vote has slid, we have some worries. If I lose this time, I'll be losing out to the weather.' The low turnout of rural voters might see Democrat Zachary Wong Wai-yin take the fifth seat, giving the Democratic Party three. But Mr Wong voiced caution. 'You never know, they have some fervent village supporters who wouldn't be affected by the weather,' he said. In New Territories East, Lau Kong-wah of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) predicted that the flooding would undermine the chances of his running mate, Cheung Hon-chung. 'It will only affect the second seat. I'm fully confident of my success,' Mr Lau said. Liberal Party chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei is expected to lose some 3,000 rural votes after several vans for carrying villagers to polling stations were stranded by the flood, according to running mate Cheng Chee-kwok. Support is also expected to be down for independent Andrew Wong Wang-fat, whose vehicles to transport villagers near the border were left unused. Early in the day, the DAB's 3,000-strong canvassing contingent switched from roadshows to electioneering in restaurants and door-to-door in housing estates. Party heavyweights including vice-chairman Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, secretary-general Law Chi-kwong and Cheung Man-kwong helped Mr Wong's campaign. The heavy rain also hit other candidates. Car parades were cancelled by candidates, except for The Frontier's Lee Cheuk-yan, who went ahead and got soaked for his trouble. Tam Yiu-chung, leading the DAB ticket, and rival Leung Yiu-chung, from the Neighbourhood and Workers' Service Centre, opted to campaign in restaurants and indoor malls.