Sinn Féin will not have to struggle to find a candidate who had no such background. These days, it would have struggled to have found one who did.
Meanwhile, the DUP's candidate for First Minister will be either a hopelessly discredited and even ridiculous figure, or else a cobbled together substitute for that hopelessly discredited and even ridiculous figure.
The UUP, which has been quietly back on the rise for a while, is going to make significant gains. Other Unionist parties might also do so.
And Sinn Féin stands on the brink of becoming the single largest party in the Assembly, perhaps even doing so on St Patrick's Day.