72.13% was the final voter turn out in Karnataka, the highest the state has ever seen.
Prove the 'Modi wave' still exists
Notion that popularity has peaked
Feasibility of model empowering strong regional leader
Consolidated leadership and party morale
Party morale after bypoll losses
Image of invincibility after Judge Loya controversy
To fight the state's anti-incumbency trend
Future prospects as a national leader
Last shot at Chief Ministership
Political redemption after mining case
Family control over JDS
Opportunity to play kingmaker
1/3rd of the states it currently controls
Momentum for MP, Ch’garh & Rajasthan elections
'Congress-Mukt Bharat' project
Party's dominance after bypoll losses
Political relevance as a regional leader
Potential allyship for 2019
The magic number is 112, after elections were countermanded in two assembly constituencies.
If the exit polls are accurate and the results throw up a hung assembly, JDS is likely to play kingmaker.