South Australia is on the brink of a major political shake-up with significant swings to Labor in two traditionally Liberal seats.
Sturt is still too close to call, but it appears Louise Miller-Frost, the former CEO of St Vinnies, has won Boothby in Adelaide’s south, breaking a 70-year Liberal stronghold.
She has received more than a 4.5 per cent swing in the two-party-preferred vote.
“I’m feeling very hopeful,” she said.
“We felt like there was a mood for change on the booths but it’s fantastic when the results start coming in.”
But Liberal candidate Rachel Swift is not yet ready to concede.
“We are still in the game, we’ve still got more than 20,000 postal votes to count,” she said.
The area was one of two South Australian battlegrounds for the major parties.
The other was the traditionally safe Liberal seat of Sturt, in the city’s east.
But the familiar blue could soon turn red.
A surge in the Greens primary vote spells trouble for Liberal candidate James Stevens, who’s neck-and-neck with Labor’s Sonja Baram.
Stevens admitted he’s had a “very significant swing” against him.
If Sturt does change hands, the Liberals won’t hold a single seat in metropolitan Adelaide.
Nick Xenophon’s hopes of a senate seat also appear all but dashed.
Barbara Pocock is set to join Sarah Hanson-Young in Canberra, after becoming South Australia’s second Greens senator.
SA Premier Peter Malinauskas congratulated the new prime minister, saying he was “very excited” to work with the Labor government.