There are a number of seats that are in doubt after last night’s counting.
Balmain – Balmain is the most interesting seat of the election at the moment. At time of writing, the Liberal candidate James Falk leads on 32.3%, with sitting Labor MP Verity Firth on 30.7%, only 86 votes ahead of Greens candidate Jamie Parker. The current two-party preferred count has Firth leading over Falk with 51%. However, if Parker were to overtake Firth either on the primary vote count or on preferences from minor candidates such as Maire Sheehan, it would be an entirely different contest. Parker would be favoured to win, but it is hard to know.
East Hills – Sitting Labor MP Alan Ashton suffered a 14.1% two-party-preferred swing, which puts him two votes behind Liberal candidate Glenn Brookes.
Maroubra – Sitting Labor MP Michael Daley is 1215 votes ahead of Liberal candidate Michael Feneley.
Monaro – Nationals candidate John Barilaro is 603 votes ahead of Labor MP Steve Whan.
Newcastle – Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate, who came close to winning in 2007, suffered a 12.6% swing and has come fourth in the seat. Liberal candidate Tim Owen is 674 votes ahead of Labor MP Jodi Mckay.
Oatley – Liberal candidate Mark Coure is 332 votes ahead of Labor MP Kevin Greene.
Swansea – Liberal candidate Garry Edwards is 491 votes ahead of Labor MP Robert Coombs.
Toongabbie – Labor MP and former premier Nathan Rees is 485 votes ahead of Liberal candidate Kirsty Lloyd.
Wollongong – Independent candidate Gordon Bradbery is 138 votes ahead of Labor MP Noreen Hay.