Nationalists and republicans, those who favour a united Ireland, plus those like the Alliance Party and The Greens who consider themselves independent, can now out-vote the Unionists. Sadly, from my perspective, my first preference vote simply wasn't good enough for those transfers to come my way.
Despite Mr Nesbitt's dramatic announcement, the story of the election was the increase in support for Sinn Fein.
The DUP now holds 28 of the 90 available seats in Stormont - but narrowly remains the largest party in the North.
The final break-down of seats may not ultimately be as close, as results in the proportional representation contest rely on transfers from other parties, but the republicans were nevertheless buoyed by the result.
He said the price that will be demanded from the DUP "when the proverbial Sinn Fein gun is put to the head is a price too high to pay". I would also like to congratulate all the successful candidates. "They have had their say, we now need to get down to the business of fixing what's wrong and delivering for all citizens", she said.
Sinn Fein is seeking to overtake the DUP and become the biggest party for the first time, which would give it the right to the post of first minister. Several others who voted unionist in the election and who spoke to the FT on Monday in Lisburn said the same.
"I think it would be a pity if they were launched back into yet another election just after three weeks".
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The Ulster Unionist Party has shrunk to fourth place in terms of elected members.
Sinn Fein believe she must stand aside for a public inquiry into a renewable energy scandal scheme dubbed "cash for ash".
It is hard to know how influential the prospect of Brexit was in the hearts and minds of voters, but the majority for pro-Remain parties echoes the result in the UK's European Union referendum, where both Scotland and Northern Ireland took a pro-EU stance.
Over the weekend, the election results showed that most people in Northern Ireland still vote sectarian.
The former IRA leader played no visible part in the election campaign and did not attend the count at the Foyle Arena in Derry on Friday where his party celebrated a significant success, outpolling the SDLP in its heartland.
In a major blow to the UUP, party stalwart Danny Kennedy lost his seat in Newry and Armagh.
The vote was called to resolve a political stalemate between historical rivals DUP and Sinn Fein, who will now have to begin negotiations to govern together under a power-sharing agreement struck to bring an end to civil strife in the British-ruled province.