Three out of the five seats in our region have been decided.
In Newcastle, Sharon Claydon has declared victory for Labor. ABC Reporter Nancy Notzon was at hotel in Carrington where Ms Claydon’s celebrations were held.
While in Paterson, Bob Baldwin has extended his margin for the Liberals.
The incumbent Liberal MP declared victory just before 8pm, taking 59% of the two party preferred vote and extending his margin from 5 to 9 per cent.
In Charlton Labor’s Pat Conroy has effectively taken the seat with 59.6% of the vote, after more than 70% was counted. The Liberal candidate Kevin Baker has 40%.
In Shortland, Labor’s Jill Hall has declared victory. The incumbent MP has 57% of the two party preferred vote with more than 80% of votes counted.
However, Ms Hall has lost some of the safe Labor seat’s large margin ….with a drop from 12% to 7%.
She says while she’s happy with the win locally it hasn’t been a good night for the Labor Party.
In the Hunter electorate, Joel Fitzgibbon has declared victory - Mr Fitzgibbon has 54% of the vote while the national Michael Johnson has 45% with 83% counted.
The sitting member has held on to the seat despite an 8 per cent swing against him, dropping his margin to less than 5%.
Mr Fitzgibbon says he blames the swing on misinformation about a Labor proposal Singleton Detention Centre.
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