Sep 12, 2013

The extreme winners and losers — outliers from an election

We have a Coalition majority and a Senate that is shaping up to be pretty interesting, but what about the unsung place-getters? Crikey intern Angelo Risso crunches the numbers.

The votes have been cast, the sausages sizzled and the will of the Australian people expressed — with an incoming Coalition government the final result. But what about the little guys? Crikey takes a look at some of the quirky tidbits coming out of Saturday’s federal ballot …

The popular one. Labor MP Andrew Leigh was fortunate enough to receive the highest number of primary votes in the entire country. The member for Fraser in the ACT received an impressive 50,602 votes as of Thursday morning, winning the seat by a 12.8% margin against Liberal candidate Elizabeth Lee. Leigh’s apparent popularity was assisted by an unusually high enrolment rate in the electorate of 137,895 — some 40,000 people more than a “typical” constituency. A Labor-dominated electorate since its inception in 1974, Fraser has never been won by the Coalition, but suffered a 1.38% swing against it on Saturday.

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