PETER Hendy has told supporters that a Liberal victory is still possible in the bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro, despite trailing Labor incumbent Mike Kelly 49-51 with 46 per cent of the vote counted.
Mr Hendy spoke to his supporters at about 9pm on election night to say that, contrary to ABC television reports calling the seat for Labor, the situation was “absolutely line ball.”
“Contrary to what you’re seeing on the TV, the scrutineers for The Liberal Party have fed (data) back in to the Liberal Party computers in Sydney, which show’s that it is absolutely line ball- basically too close to call,” he said.
A large number of pre-poll votes lodged prior to election day were yet to be counted, and Mr Hendy said he expected pre-poll votes to fall in the Liberal Party’s favour.
“We have a feeling that we’ve done very well in pre poll, and that’s not actually being factored in to the figures we’re seeing already,” he said.
“I think that it’s looking very good, and I think that there’s still a chance that, here when the votes are added up, that we can fall over the line.
“And if there’s anything we can do in the next few days in terms of scrutineering- any volunteers who want to put their hand up and help with scrutineering will be most welcome, because I think there’s a very good chance we can have success in Eden-Monaro,” he said.