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Australia Labor's lead firms in Eden Monaro by-election

03:41  05 july  2020
03:41  05 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Liberals are happy in their position leading up to Eden-Monaro byelection: Molan

  Liberals are happy in their position leading up to Eden-Monaro byelection: Molan Liberal Senator Jim Molan says his party is happy where it sits one week out from the Eden-Monaro byelection but it will be an extremely hard fought vote. Pre-polling has been in place for two weeks in the rural seat vacated by Labor’s Dr Mike Kelly, with Labor candidate Kristy McBain and Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs in a virtual tie leading up to the election on Saturday.“The candidate we’ve got is rock solid,” Senator Molan told Sky News host Paul Murray.“The intensity is really starting now”.“They don’t stack their branches in Eden Monaro, the Labor Party, because they don’t even get a chance to vote”.

The 2020 Eden - Monaro by - election was held on 4 July 2020 to elect the next Member of Parliament for the division of Eden - Monaro in the House of Representatives.

Eden - Monaro by - election goes down to the wire with Labor narrowly in front but the Liberals closing Polling booths closed at 6pm Saturday evening in the Eden - Monaro by - election Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs and Labor ' s Kristy McBain are the favourites

Labor candidate Kristy McBain looks poised to take out the bellweather seat of Eden Monaro in one of the most hotly contested by-elections in decades.

However, Labor is still yet to claim victory this morning.

The latest figures from the Australian Electoral Commission put Ms McBain with 51.04 percent of the vote with preferences and the Liberal Party's Fiona Kotvojs with 48.96 percent.

a group of people standing in front of a sign: Labor is yet to claim victory in Eden Monaro. © Nine Labor is yet to claim victory in Eden Monaro.

While Labor's primary vote was down on last year, it appeared the results would be enough to get Ms McBain over the line with preferences, Nine's political reporter Fiona Willan said.

New polling reveals Labor is on track to win the Eden-Monaro by-election

  New polling reveals Labor is on track to win the Eden-Monaro by-election On the eve of the Eden-Monaro by-election new polling has revealed Labor candidate Kristy McBain is on track to hold onto the federal seat. Labor leads the Liberal Party 52 per cent to 48 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis. The polling, commissioned by The Australia Institute think tank, shows Labor candidate Kristy McBain on a primary vote of 38.1 per cent, ahead of Liberal ­candidate Fiona Kotvojs on 37.5 per cent.The Nationals primary vote is down to five per cent with Nationals candidate Trevor Hicks holding a slight lead over the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers' candidate who sits at 4.2 per cent.

The by - election was triggered when respected Labor member Mike Kelly resigned from parliament due to health concerns, having pipped Kotvojs in 2019. “ Eden - Monaro has always been held by the party in government, that’ s one of the reasons why we are up against it in this by - election ,” Albanese said

The seat of Eden - Monaro was left vacant after Labor MP Mike Kelly retired, citing long-standing health issues. Labor holds the seat by a wafer-thin However, Labor have thrown considerable resources into retaining the seat and ensuring its candidate Kristy McBain. The by - election has been held in the

"This has been an electoral test for both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader," Willan said.

"For Anthony Albanese it's the first time that he's faced a ballot since becoming Opposition Leader while for the Prime Minister it's the first one he's faced since the pandemic and the bushfires."

a group of people standing around each other: Labor's candidate, former Bega mayor Kristy McBain voting in Eden-Monaro by-election © 9News Labor's candidate, former Bega mayor Kristy McBain voting in Eden-Monaro by-election

History was always on Labor's side – a government hasn't claimed a seat from an opposition in a by-election in 100 years.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant there have been a lot more pre-poll and postal ballots than usual, accounting for over 60,000 votes or more than half the 114,000 eligible voters. As a consequence, ballot counting is anticipated to take longer than usual.

The seat of Eden-Monaro went up for grabs following the resignation of Labor MP Mike Kelly,

From 1972 until 2016, Eden-Monaro has served as Australia's bellwether seat; that is, the party that wins this electorate, wins the election.

‘Under Albo nothing has changed’: Paul Murray breaks down Eden-Monaro .
Sky News host Paul Murray says there are five key takeaways from the Eden-Monaro by-election especially how it highlighted that “ferals are not quiet Australians”. Labor candidate Kristy McBain secured the win on Sunday with an unassailable lead beating out Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs 50.58 per cent to 49.42 in terms of two-party-preferred.Mr Murray said while Labor took the seat both its vote and the Greens vote were down three per cent, which is surprising given the media constantly claim a majority of Australians are “all in on climate change”.

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