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Seats still tight as election count continues


Three seats remain close as vote counting continues following Saturday’s federal election.


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But Prime Minister Scott Morrision looks set to have 78 seats in the lower house, with Labor on 67 and six crossbenchers.

Figures posted on Friday morning showed Liberal candidate for Bass, Bridget Archer, sits on 50.4 per cent of the two-party vote in her electorate – 561 votes ahead of incumbent Labor MP Ross Hart.

This represents an almost five per cent swing against Labor in the Tasmanian seat.

The Liberals’ Sarah Richards is ahead of Labor MP Susan Templeman in Macquarie, with the AEC website showing a 131 vote gap.

Labor candidate Anika Wells, who is seeking to replaced retired former treasurer Wayne Swan in the Brisbane seat of Lilley, is ahead of her Liberal National Party rival Brad Carswell with 50.5 per cent of the two-party preferred vote – a margin of 815 votes.

Labor holds just 33.6 per cent of the primary vote to the coalition’s 41.8 per cent., with the Greens securing 9.9 per cent, as of Friday morning.

The top five safest seats – those with the biggest margins – are Nicholls (Victoria), Riverina (NSW), Scullin (Victoria), Mitchell (NSW) and Maranoa (Queensland).

The most marginal are Macquarie (NSW), Bass (Tasmania), Lilley (Queensland), Cowan (WA) and Chisholm (Victoria).


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