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A “handful of votes” in Hindmarsh

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The Labor candidate for the South Australian seat of Hindmarsh says a handful of votes will make the difference in the tight contest.

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Steve Georganas told ABC television today that the contest was on a knife edge, with absentee and postal votes currently being counted.

He’s attempting to win back the Liberal-held electorate he lost at the 2013 election. Earlier this morning he was leading by 151 votes, but by midday the gap between Georganas and sitting Liberal Matt Williams had narrowed to just eight votes.

“It’s on a knife-edge and whoever wins it will win it by a handful of votes,” Georganas said.

Meanwhile, Malcolm Turnbull says he’s very confident of forming majority government as federal election counting continues.

The Prime Minister, who is in Brisbane to thank coalition supporters and meet with crossbench members, says a number of seat counts are close.

He says he’s confident that the coalition will form a majority government, but is talking to the crossbenchers as well.

The counting and the post-election recriminations are continuing as the coalition edges towards retaining government with a slim majority.

The coalition is likely to hold 76 seats in the 150-seat lower house, as postal votes and recounts of existing votes have favoured Liberal and Nationals candidates over Labor.

-AAP

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