Too close to call: Lyons swings back to the Libs

THE identity of the federal member for Lyons looks likely to come down to postal votes and the distribution of preferences following an apparent swing back to the Liberal Party in today’s federal election.

At the close of counting tonight, a minority Labor government is all but certain, but Labor’s member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell, has suffered a swing of more than 7% against him, while Liberal Party candidate Susie Bower picked up a swing of more than 13% in her favour. In the last federal election the conservative vote was split between the Liberals and Nationals, but the National Party did not field a candidate this year.

At the close of counting tonight, with all of the electorates 80 polling booths reporting their results, the tally was as follows:

BOWER, Susie (Liberal) 20,875 votes, 37.05%
MITCHELL, Brian (ALP) 16,584 votes, 29.43%
JOHNSTONE, Liz (The Greens) 6333 votes, 11.24%
PFITZNER, Troy (Jacqui Lambie Network) 6027 votes, 10.70%
GOYNE, Emma (Pauline Hanson’s One Nation) 3031 votes 5.38%
EVANS, Jason (United Australia Party) 1554 votes, 2.76%
GRALTON, Anna (Animal Justice Party) 974 votes, 1.73%
GRIFFITHS, Rhys (Liberal Democrats) 967 votes, 1.72%

Projections by the Australian Electoral Commission put Mr Mitchell slightly ahead of Ms Bower on a two-party preferred basis. Click here for the latest results.

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