NT 2020 – election night live


Labor – 11 won, 1 likely, 4 ahead
CLP – 2 won, 1 likely, 3 ahead
IND – 2 won
TA – 1 ahead

6:21am – Since I went to bed last night I’ve got a few quick updates. This will be the last update of this post.

At the end of counting for the night in Arnhem, independent Ian Gumbula had snuck up to 33.4% of the primary vote with Labor leading on 41.5%. We’re awaiting the correct 2CP count, but Labor are favourites to win.

Labor leads by 103 votes in Barkly. Postal votes will decide the result here but there would have to be a high turnout for the CLP to claw this back.

Kevin Bonham has pointed out that preference flows from TA to the CLP are at a level that probably makes Labor’s position in Fong Lim safe and would put the CLP’s win in Blain in some doubt, although postal votes will likely resolve that doubt. I keep both seats in the ‘likely’ category regardless.

Labor is in second in Braitling on 22.1% and independent Kim Hopper is third on 15%. 26.9% of the vote has gone to four other candidates. There is definitely enough votes for Hopper to overtake Labor but it looks much more challenging than before. If Labor stays in second the CLP has won.

The CLP leads in Brennan by 59 votes. This is not enough to call but postal votes will likely resolve this race.

Labor leads in Daly by 28 votes. I suspect postal votes will allow the CLP to claw this back but it is still ALP ahead.

It’s looking harder for TA to jump into the top two in Katherine. They are 74 votes outside the top two and there are only 161 votes cast for another minor candidate. This could change with later counting, but I suspect that will widen the gap. Looking likely for the CLP.

I’m calling Nelson for the CLP.

Overall I have Labor locked in eleven seats, almost certainly twelve with Fong Lim. Arnhem is also awaiting a correct 2CP count which will likely lock in Labor’s majority. Barkly, Daly and Namatjira are all very close. I think they won’t hold on in Daly, the other two could hold on.

The CLP has locked in two seats and likely locked in a third in Blain. They are looking good to win Braitling and Katherine. They are favourites in Brennan, and I think they’re more likely than not to regain the lead in Daly. This would give them seven seats. They could get to nine if they win Barkly and Namatjira.

TA is leading in only one seat, where they lead by 13 votes in Araluen. Two independents have won and one other has a chance.

10:48 – And I have just realised that Daly is not in fact a safe CLP retain. Labor is currently leading by 171 votes. I think the CLP will likely bounce back but it is definitely in play.

10:41 – At the end of the evening, Labor is set to retain government, likely with a majority, but not a large one.

There has been a big swing back after a landslide victory in 2016. The Country Liberal Party look likely to rebuild their strength from their terrible two-seat result in 2016. Their most likely outcome now would be seven seats.

Labor has won eleven seats, and is almost certain to have won Fong Lim. They also lead in three other seats – against an independent in Arnhem, and against the CLP in Barkly and Namatjira. They would need to win one of these three seats, or overtake the CLP’s current lead in Braitling or Brennan to win. That’s five options to gain the one seat they need for a majority.

This has been a poor night for the Territory Alliance. They are on track to possibly win two seats, but could also be wiped out. Their leader Terry Mills came third in his seat.

It has been a mixed bag for independents. Sitting independents Purick and Guyula have been re-elected, while sitting MP Gerry Wood has likely failed to pass the baton to his chosen successor in Nelson. Two new independents are trailing but in with a chance in Arnhem and Braitling.

That’s it for now. I will return in the next few days with more analysis of the results. But I might wait for some more complete data. And you can expect a reaction podcast early next week.

10:37 – The first mobile booth has reported in Arnhem and it has changed the shape of the race. Independent candidate Ian Gumbula, who was in a distant third after results from the pre-poll and election day vote, polled almost 35% in this booth. Labor currently leads on just over 40% of the primary vote with Gumbula second on 28.5%.

We’re still waiting for the second mobile booth but I expect that booth to be another Labor vs Gumbula contest.

Labor will still likely top the primary vote, but we don’t have a two-candidate-preferred count between Labor and Gumbula. We’ll likely need to wait for such a count before calling this race.

10:33 – I’ll be heading to bed shortly. Before I do my final wrap, we’ve just had a few more results.

In Barkly, Labor has gained the lead by 62 votes after results were reported from the Tennant Creek pre-poll booth. We’re still waiting for one mobile booth. The CLP did well on the other two mobile booths but the remaining booth could look different. Still in play, but I’ve moved this seat from CLP ahead to ALP ahead.

In Namatjira, the ALP’s lead has been cut to 30 votes.

10:19 – I’ve switched Braitling from ALP ahead to CLP ahead. The pre-poll booth was very good for the CLP, and gives them 51.3% of the CLP-Labor 2PP count. Independent Kim Hopper is now a lot further behind Labor, making it less plausible that she could overtake Labor and win. But I still won’t call this seat.

10:03 – I’ve also called Goyder for independent MP Kezia Purick. I’ve also changed classification for Fong Lim and Blain to clarify that they are likely for Labor and CLP respectively, but we are waiting for the correct 2CP count.

9:58 – We’ve just received the preference count from the Darwin pre-poll booth for Port Darwin, and Labor now leads by 221 votes. That’s enough to call that seat for Labor.

9:56 – Labor has taken a big lead in Namatjira thanks to winning over 80% of the two-candidate-preferred vote in the mobile booth. This gives Labor at least 11 seats, but is likely enough for them to get to a majority once some other seats are resolved.

9:07 – We have more results in Araluen, and Lambley’s lead has narrowed to just 13 votes. That seat probably won’t be called tonight.

8:49 – Labor is leading in Arnhem, but not by enough to call the seat.

8:32 – Sitting Territory Alliance MP Robyn Lambley is currently leading in Araluen by 42 votes, but we don’t have two-candidate-preferred figures from the main pre-poll booth, where the CLP did very well on primary votes and a lot of votes were cast. It seems likely the CLP will take the lead when that booth reports.

It is not clear who will come in the top two in Katherine. Labor is in first place on 32.8%, with the CLP on 32.1%, Territory Alliance on 30.3% and an independent on 4.8%. The current two-candidate-preferred count has TA beating the CLP 56-44 but we don’t know if that will be the count. Independent preferences and the remaining uncounted votes will decide which candidates come in the top two, and we likely won’t know if we have the right preference count until that is all resolved.

8:29 – I haven’t called Goyder for independent MP Kezia Purick because there’s a lot of votes left to count, but she’s on 56.8% of the 2CP count.

8:28 – We finally have some results from Gwoja, where sitting Namatjira MP Chansey Paech is running for Labor. He is winning easily. Called a tenth seat for Labor.

8:27 – I have the CLP leading in Brennan, Barkly, Blain, Namatjira and Nelson.

Brennan is a traditional CLP seat but was won by Labor in 2016. The CLP is leading by 42 votes (52.1%) but a lot of votes are yet to be counted.

Barkly is held by retiring Labor MP Gerry McCarthy. The CLP’s Steve Edgington is currently leading by 114 votes but there’s a lot of votes yet to be counted. He should do well at the Tennant Creek pre-poll which would likely lock in the result for him, but the first mobile booth is yet to report and is likely to be a lot of votes.

Blain is held by Territory Alliance leader Terry Mills, but he is languishing in third place on 23.2%. The CLP is second on 35.6%. The original 2CP count included Mills, so we’re waiting for a Labor vs CLP count. Seems likely the CLP will win.

Namatjira had been a safe Labor seat, but it has been dragged closer to Alice Springs and post-redistribution estimates made the seat an effective tie between Labor and the CLP, leading to the sitting MP to jump for a neighbouring seat. The CLP is leading by just 18 votes with more booths yet to report, including the mobile booth which should be strong for Labor.

Nelson is held by retiring independent MP Gerry Wood. He endorsed Beverley Ratahi to run in his place. She is currently trailing the CLP by 84 votes, which is a sizeable percentage lead, but a lot of votes are yet to be counted.

8:20 – I have Labor leading in Fong Lim, Port Darwin and Braitling.

In Fong Lim, Labor is on 46.6% of the primary vote, with the CLP trailing with 32.2%. We don’t have a two-candidate-preferred count because the sitting TA MP, Jeff Collins, was included in that count but is coming a distant third. It is likely that Labor has a comfortable lead, but we will have to wait.

Labor is leading by 91 votes (54%) in Port Darwin, but a number of booths are yet to report.

I have already explained Braitling – very complex seat.

8:18 – I was counting Mulka as a seat where Labor was leading, as former Labor MP Lynne Walker was a handful of votes ahead of her successor Yingiya Mark Guyula, but he has taken a solid lead of 394 votes after results reported from the other mobile booth. We don’t have any postal votes, which were very good for Labor in 2016, but there would need to be a huge increase in the number of votes for this to change the result. I am calling that seat for Guyula.

8:10 – By my count Labor has won nine seats: Arafura, Casuarina, Drysdale, Fannie Bay, Johnston, Karama, Nightcliff, Sanderson and Wanguri. So they need to win four more for a majority. Meanwhile the CLP has only clearly won their two seats of Daly and Spillett.

I count four seats where Labor is currently in the lead, and five others where the CLP is in the lead. We have very little or no data in Arnhem and Gwoja (although Gwoja is a probable Labor gain). At the moment I have TA ahead in Araluen and Katherine (more on that soon) and the independent leading in Goyder.

On those numbers, Labor looks very likely to hold on to government and likely to win a majority.

8:01 – Sorry I am now back from a brief break. In my last post I said that Labor is coming third in Braitling. They were actually in second place, but third behind the combined total of independent votes. Labor is currently just 14 votes ahead of progressive independent Kim Hopper (20.4% vs 19.3%) with the main pre-poll booth waiting to report. There are also 123 Greens votes, 136 TA votes and 59 votes for independent MP Scott McConnell, more than enough to potentially push Hopper into second, even if she doesn’t come second on primary votes. Labor is currently ahead of the CLP on the two-candidate-preferred count, 53-47, and Hopper may well be in a position to also win if she can come in the top two. This is probably the most interesting seat to watch.

7:23 – Labor is currently leading in the very marginal seat of Brennan, but are coming third in another Labor seat in Braitling. Neither seat is a traditional Labor seat.

7:22 – The count is most advanced in Mulka, where only two candidates are running, and former Labor MP Lynne Walker is 32 votes ahead of sitting independent MP Yingiya Mark Guyula, who won by just eight votes in 2016. This seat looks close. We are waiting for one of the mobile booths, and Guyula won the other seat easily.

7:19 – Labor looks set for an easy retain in Casuarina. They are in the lead off a small sample in their most marginal seat of Karama and are narrowly behind in Port Darwin.

7:18 – In the Labor seat of Barkly, where the sitting MP Gerry McCarthy has retired, it looks like the CLP is leading with two mobile booths in – you’d expect these both to be relatively good for Labor. Tennant Creek pre-poll is yet to report and that should be a big booth, but I’d guess that would be relatively strong for the CLP.

7:17 – We’re starting to get some results now. The Territory Alliance’s Robyn Lambley is leading on the two-candidate-preferred count in Araluen, while the party’s leader Terry Mills is coming third on primary votes in Blain, which may mean he is knocked out and the seat could go to the CLP.

6:00 – Polls have just closed in the Northern Territory election. I’ll be back with updates throughout the evening.

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  1. Last Calls:
    (Likely CLP Gain) – Katherine,Port Darwin,Drysdale
    (Leans CLP Gain) – Braitling,Brennan
    (Tossup) – Arnhem,Arafura,Daly,Fong Lim,Araluen
    (Leans TA) – Blain
    The rest of the seats i didn’t mention likely won’t change hands but i wouldn’t be surprised if a few above do not change hands especially some i had going to the CLP. Hung parliament likely, Gunner will need 1-2 Independents to hold onto gov. I’d like to see everyone else’s last minute predictions before allot of votes roll in.

  2. @Daniel I had a stab at predictions posted on the Pollbludger website. But I’ll post here for posterity too. (If you want a more in-depth explanation – feel free to read the original comment. I had 6 TOSS UPS that I forced myself to pick a result. All in good fun. 🙂 )

    Arafura – Labor Retain
    Araluen – Territory Alliance Retain
    Arnhem – Labor Retain
    Barkly – Labor Retain
    Blain – Territory Alliance Retain
    Braitling – CLP GAIN
    Brennan – CLP GAIN
    Casuarina – Labor Retain
    Daly – CLP Retain
    Drysdale – Labor Retain
    Fannie Bay – Labor Retain
    Fong Lim – Territory Alliance Retain
    Goyder – Independent Retain
    Gwoja – Labor Retain
    Johnston – Labor Retain
    Karama – Labor Retain
    Katherine – CLP GAIN
    Mulka – Independent Retain
    Namatjira – CLP GAIN
    Nelson – Independent Retain
    Nightcliff – Labor Retain
    Port Darwin – Labor Retain
    Sanderson – Labor Retain
    Spillett – CLP Retain
    Wanguri – Labor Retain

    ALP: 14
    CLP: 6
    TA: 3
    IND: 3

    ALP: 10-16
    CLP: 2-9
    TA: 2-4
    IND: 0-5
    (** I know 0 IND is highly improbable)

  3. **Oops should have read Labor 13 instead of 14. I can count… just helps to proof-read once in a while before posting!

  4. It’s funny that Labor is losing a few seats such as Port Darwin despite winning on the primaries, Remember what Antony said. i think only a few conservative have won seats while trailing on the primary vote. Also Mills has lost. The TA will get no seats, Just like Centre Alliance! TA is CA 2.0

  5. I don’t think that that’s a fair comparison – especially since TA is looking like they will win at least one, and up to three seats on current numbers (in order of likelihood: Araluen, Namatjira and Katherine)

  6. Fong Lim is close, But why would the CLP win it if Labor has won the TPP? This seat is definitely a bellwether and certainly would go with whoever wins gov which is clear at this stage. Saying this because Antony took this seat out of Labor into TCTC, I like it that Senator Mcmahon keeps blaming Terry Mills for their defeat yet she doesn’t realise historically except for 1 occasion, the NT does not throw out 1 term goverments. And Labors primary vote is up in some places so clearly it is the CLP’s failure. delusional for her to think the CLP can still win. Very rare in western politics for two 1 term governments back to back (New Brunswick in Canada had 3 back to back 1 term gov’s) But i don’t recall it happening here in Australia. The CLP were always going to gain seats. But there is no way the CLP pulls an Anastasia palaszczuk of 2015. Very unlikely at this stage. Labor wins at least 12 seats. CLP won’t win anymore than 9 seats

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