| 05.07,20. 03:41 PM |
Labor's Kristy McBain claims Eden-Monaro by-election victory against Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs
Kristy McBain claims Labor victory in Eden-Monaro by-election
Labor's Kristy McBain has officially claimed victory in the Eden-Monaro by-election, saying her party has clinched the marginal seat after preference flows secured her lead.
Late last night, ABC's chief election Antony Green called the by-election result for Labor, but up until now, the Opposition was yet to officially claim victory.
About 80 per cent of the votes in the by-election have been counted, slowed by more than 44,000 pre-poll and postal votes.
This afternoon, Ms McBain said her lead of more than 1,000 votes over opponent Fiona Kotvojs meant the Liberal Party would need a 63 per cent vote on a two-party preferred basis to win.
The count at the time showed Ms Kotvojs still ahead on first preferences, but falling just short on a two-party preferred basis at 49.1 per cent.
She said Ms Kotvojs had not contacted her to concede defeat.
"On all metrics, it looks like the Labor Party will secure the seat again," Ms McBain said.
The former Bega mayor thanked her opponent for running and pledged to avoid hyper-partisanship and work with leaders across the community.
The election, Ms McBain said, was fought on local issues including bushfire relief, the economic impacts of COVID-19 and drought.
"I know there is a lot of work to do right across this electorate," she said.
"It's a great privilege, one that I'm very chuffed that voters got behind me on."
Last night, neither candidate were willing to claim a win or concede defeat.