SA election the next day


I drafted this blog post this morning but unfortunately due to some technical problems the website has been down most of the day. I’ve tried to update all the data but the map is based on this morning’s data and I may have missed some updates.

The Marshall Liberal government lost power last night, the third conservative state government in the last decade to lose power after just one term.

The ABC is currently projecting at least 26 seats for Labor, which would equal the best result of the last Labor government, in 2006, when Mike Rann won a second term. They are also leading in Dunstan and Waite, and narrowly behind in Hartley, Heysen, Morialta and Unley.

In addition to the six Labor gains and two others where Labor is leading, the Liberal Party looks set to barely hold on in a bunch of other seats.

The Liberals also suffered from serious challenges on their flank from independents. They lost two seats to former sitting Liberal MPs who defected to the crossbench in the last term. A number of other new independents made serious challenges. Lou Nicholson in Finniss looks likely to win, while Airlie Keen in Hammond and Heather Holmes-Ross in Waite polled over 15%. Liz Habermann is just a bit behind in the two-candidate-preferred count in Flinders.

This may be a preview of the federal election, where a conservative government will be facing down a Labor challenge in traditional marginals while also facing challenges in their traditional heartland from independents. It’s also notable that all four of these newcomer independents are women.

This map shows the two-party-preferred swing to Labor in each electorate. We have two-party-preferred figures in 38 out of 47 seats, so the rest are greyed out. Labor gained a swing in 37 seats, while the Liberal Party gained a 1% swing in the very safe seat of Playford, where the sitting Labor MP had moved to a different seat. This is based on data as of Sunday morning.

Labor got large swings in most areas, but there does seem to be a trend of smaller swings in the stronger Labor-voting northern suburbs and bigger swings in the southern suburbs.

Since I finished my election night liveblog, we saw a small amount of counting in lower house seats and a lot more upper house counting.

The first nine Legislative Council seats have been decided: four Labor, four Liberal and one Green. The last two are in play.

One Nation is in the lead for the tenth seat, on 0.5 quotas, with Labor’s fifth candidate just behind on 0.45 quotas, followed by the Liberal Democrats on 0.42 and Family First on 0.39. On those numbers it seems likely that Labor will win one of those seats and one of the conservative minor parties will win the other.

If this is the result, it will leave Labor on nine seats in the Legislative Council, up one from their current numbers, and they will require three out of the four Greens and SA-Best members to pass legislation. It’s worth mentioning that the SA-Best upper house vote has dropped from almost 20% to just over 1%.

Finally, I want to run through the state of the lower house races.

Independents have been re-elected in Mount Gambier, Narungga, Kavel and Stuart. Narungga and Kavel were Liberal wins in 2018, and the sitting MPs subsequently became independents. Stuart is Geoff Brock’s new seat, but it contains a majority of his former seat of Frome so I consider it to be a re-election.

Independent MP Frances Bedford came a distant third in Newland, with 12.0%, after shifting from Florey following a redistribution. This was the only chance of an independent win in a seat with a Labor two-party-preferred majority – every other independent race is in a right-leaning seat.

In Finniss, independent Lou Nicholson is easily winning the two-candidate-preferred vote. She is 0.5% behind Labor on the primary vote. She may well close that gap, but if she doesn’t it seems likely she’ll overtake them on preferences, having gained Greens preferences over Labor.

In Hammond, independent Airlie Keen was on 49.7% of the two-candidate-preferred vote before ECSA stopped counting, but is polling 5.2% behind Labor. She does gain Greens preferences ahead of Labor but I don’t think that will be enough to push her in front, so it looks likely the Liberal Party will win here.

In Flinders, we have the two-candidate-preferred count between Liberal and independent Liz Habermann in 10 out of 27 booths and Habermann is on 48.9%.

In Waite, the two-candidate-preferred vote was easily won by independent Heather Holmes-Ross, and the two-party-preferred vote was easily won by Labor. So if Holmes-Ross makes the top two, she’ll win, but otherwise Labor will win. The Liberal Party and the incumbent independent are both out of the race.

Labor has gained Adelaide, Davenport, Elder, Gibson, King and Newland for a total of 26 seats. They are narrowly leading in outgoing premier Steven Marshall’s seat of Dunstan and are in a strong position in Waite, so that’s a lead in 28 seats.

Then there are another four Liberal seats that are all very close with the Liberal in the lead:

        • Unley – 0.3%
        • Morialta – 0.5%
        • Heysen – 1.6%
        • Hartley – 1.7%

Most of these should go to the Liberal Party but I couldn’t rule out one of them flipping.

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  1. Thanks for the summary Ben.

    *Fix-up: fifth paragraph, Lou Nicholson contested the seat of Finniss, not Hammond. (The later reference in the post is correct.)

    Funnily enough I had Finniss as one of my seats to watch, but didn’t expect such a strong challenge from the IND and more looking at NAT, which completely fizzed out across the seats they contested. Even in Chaffey where they previously held, they got around 5-6% of the vote.

    Heysen was my other interesting one to watch and seeing the GRN vote at 21.6% I was not disappointed. This is one seat I can see the Greens jumping ALP in future to claim the seat as the ALP vote is below 30% (akin to Maiwar, et al.) That’s mainly due to this seat having a preference for Minor Parties getting into the 2CP.
    For the Greens, the 3-way contests didn’t seem to give them too much of a boost, with most below 15% except for some good performances in West Torrens of 17.4% and Unley with 20.1%! I don’t see WT or Unley that high a vote with more competition though.

    A quick call of the board (totals will change with postals/pre-polls being added) of the best seats for the other parties:
    -Animal Justice 4.1% in Croydon (Note: 4-way contest)[4.0% in Port Adelaide]
    -Real Change SA 1.5% in Adelaide.
    -Aust Family Party 4% in King (With FFP present)
    -Nationals 5.6% in Chaffey (With PHON present)
    -One Nation 11.3% in Frome [10.6% in Chaffey] (With NAT present in both)
    -Family First Party 11.6% in Ramsay [10.6% in Reynell]
    FFP didn’t do too badly actually for a resurrection with 5 seats next in the 7.5-8% range.

    It doesn’t seem like FFP and AFP running in same seats had that much affect on each other. AFP scored lowly in Adelaide with no FFP, while no AFP in Elizabeth had FFP at 7.8%. Again, haven’t got all numbers so would be good to take a closer look to see any correlation. With 4-way contests, FFP in Ramsay was a surprise to outpoll the Greens, Reynell the other good seat for FFP was a 4-way contest as well.
    Likewise, having PHON and NAT present in same seats didn’t really seem to affect the vote of the other.

    I don’t expect Advance SA, Aust Family Party and Real Change SA to last beyond this year as they all seem to be pet project parties around one person (Darley, Day, Pallaras). On a side note, didn’t realise how much good friends Bedford and the Days were. As for the Nationals… who knows. I can see them targeting a couple of rural seats like they used to (Chaffey, Mackillop and Schubert, maybe Hammond although that result was rough). No idea why they ran in Finniss and Narungga, and can’t really see them running in Flinders or Frome again.

    Final Honorable Mention – Giles SA Best 10.8.% just loosing over half, did well to hold onto that much!

  2. Georgie Hart got some publicity over that hilarious defaced campaign sign.
    Peta-Anne Louth looks like a very cool person amongst other things


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