SHOULD Liberal challenger Peter Hendy unseat Labor incumbent Mike Kelly, a result that is still far from certain, he will have the good burghers of Jerrabomberra largely to thank for his victory.
Jerrabomberra, the second largest polling booth in the Eden-Monaro electorate, swung heavily against Dr Kelly on election night.
Mr Hendy secured 57.21 per cent of the vote in Jerrabomberra, a swing of 7.28 per cent against Labor from the 2010 federal election.
Jerrabomberra’s result contrasted starkly with the vote count coming in from Queanbeyan’s other major booths.
As expected, Queanbeyan itself has proved Labor’s bulwark this election with Dr Kelly averaging 58 per cent of the vote in Queanbeyan’s nine voting booths outside of Jerrabomberra.
All however, recorded a swing against Labor though none to the extent of Jerrabomberra.
Dr Kelly’s strongest booth in Queanbeyan was at Queanbeyan South were he secured 1,731 of the 2,822 votes cast.
Mr Hendy, meanwhile, proved strongest in booths in the electorate outside of Queanbeyan. The Liberals performed strongly in Jindabyne (63 per cent), Tura Beach (58 per cent) and Cooma which also swung heavily against Labor.
The biggest swings of the night were all against Dr Kelly with Mr Hendy improving on 2010 Liberal candidate David Gazard’s numbers widely across the electorate.
The small booth of Numeralla (111 votes cast) was the biggest mover, swinging a remarkable 20.24 per cent in favour of the Liberals. Jindabyne (11.41 per cent) and Bungendore (9.77 per cent) also moved strongly in Mr Hendy’s column.
Of the 80 booths in the Eden-Monaro electorate that have so far reported their results only seven: Batehaven (1.01 per cent), Batemans Bay (0.75 per cent), Berridale (2.17 per cent), Central Tilba (3.71 per cent), Mogo (3.33 per cent) and the snow towns of Perisher (7.94 per cent) and Thredbo (2.97 per cent) swung in Dr Kelly’s favour.
Mr Hendy currently holds an overall lead of 254 votes with pre-poll and postal votes yet to be counted.