Two days before the ACT election, The Canberra Times splashed with the results of an exclusive opinion poll: "Labor will hold power," ran the front-page headline.
The Patterson Research poll tipped Labor would coast to victory with the help of the Greens, who would retain their four seats, while the Liberals would make little headway. Previously, some commentators and bloggers had argued it would be a close race as the Liberals gained traction and the Greens struggled. Those forecasts were junked. The poll set the result in stone before ballots were cast on October 20. Sportsbet paid out on a Labor victory -- the day before the election.