New research suggests the opposite - voters were more likely to back Labour if they thought they would win.
The phrase "taking back control" will come under scrutiny like never before.
There are nine seats where Liberal Democrats are within striking distance of victory in an election fought on Brexit issues.
His margin is smaller than expected, but you only need to win by one.
Horse-trading and favours will be handed around as the party selects in the handful of vacant safe seats.
The Conservatives have a chance to capture both the Leave Labour and the Ukip vote.
The former Chancellor will concentrate on editing the Evening Standard instead.
With an early election scheduled for 8 June 2017, some familiar faces are hitting the campaign trail...
A victory for Theresa May will be a mandate for the most right wing, nationalist and authoritarian government programme in recent times. Labour can beat it.
I can’t campaign for Corbyn. But we have to work for something to remain of the party after him, which means campaigning for those candidates who offer Labour a future.
A new devolution settlement is now as good as impossible before June - and a bruising Brexit election won't help either.