Sunday, June 26, 2022

Bush seat of Lingiari too close to call, after retirement of Warren Snowdon

The election result in the bush seat of Lingiari remains on a knife’s edge, as Labor tries to fend off a concerted effort by the Country Liberals to claim the vast Northern Territory electorate for the first time.

The traditionally safe Labor seat was held by veteran MP Warren Snowdon for the past two decades, but his decision to retire ahead of the election gave the Country Liberals the chance to seize it.

When counting ended on Saturday night, Labor candidate Marion Scrymgour was a fraction ahead, with a projected two-candidate preferred vote of 50.9 per cent.

Her CLP rival Damien Ryan was forecast to get 49.1 per cent of the count.

Ms Scrymgour’s wafer-thin buffer is significantly down on Mr Snowdon’s 2019 result, when he won the seat with a 5.5 per cent margin.

“It is still really close and we’ll continue the counting,” Ms Scrymgour told her supporters in Alice Springs.

Lingiari was previously held by veteran Labor MP Warren Snowdon for more than two decades.,Nation World News: Samantha Jonscher,

Ms Scrymgour suggested the result may not be known until next week.

In a speech to the CLP faithful in the Red Centre, Damien Ryan also acknowledged the narrow margin.

“At this stage, we don’t know where Lingiari stands,” he said.

“We’ve given a very big fight,” he said.

Crowd looking at the screen.
People gather in Alice Springs with Marion Scrymgour on election night. ,Nation World News: Xavier Martin,

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