It seems there was a close result between Labor and the Coalition. Polls had shown the Progressives (Labor) winning, but the results are very close.
ABC Australia is predicting 73 seats for the opposition coalition, 72 for ruling Labor, one for the Greens and four independents.
PM Julia Gillard vowed that she would “keep fighting”.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott said it was clear Ms Gillard’s Labor had lost its majority and its legitimacy.
The election comes two months after Ms Gillard ousted Kevin Rudd in a controversial leadership challenge.
Read the rest: Australia heads for hung parliament
Hopefully the Conservative coalition pulls this one out and the Tranzi Progressives suffer another defeat.
Update: The GOP has a chance now of picking up a Senate seat in Washington state.
The first KING 5 Senate poll for the 2010 general election shows Republican Dino Rossi is actually ahead of Democratic incumbent Patty Murray, 52% to 45%.
In most polls leading up to this week’s primary election and on primary night, Murray was in the lead. Primary election results placed Murray 13 points ahead of Rossi, but Rossi splitting the Republican vote with Clint Didier who got 12%, and Paul Akers, with 3%.
The new K5 poll of 618 likely voters, conducted by SurveyUSA, is the first look at a Murray-Rossi matchup in November. It suggests that even without an official endorsement from Didier, many o f Didier’s supporters would choose Rossi over Murray. Akers has endorsed Rossi, but Didier is withholding his endorsement at this time.
This is a race to watch and shows the depth of the Democrat’s electoral problems.
Tags: Australian Elections