Steggall's win against Abbott should have felt like a revolutionary occasion, but it's been somewhat of an anti-climax.
Independent candidate Zali Steggall has thanked her supporters for "voting for the future". And with that, Abbott is condemned to the past.
There are the two realities that Abbott forever inhabits — the messianic protector of Western civilisation, and Australia's great clanging embarrassment.
A look at the who's who of Warringah's influential backroom operatives.
Dean Harris is personable and articulate, never faltering on policy. Imagine if Labor ran him in a seat he could actually win.
Tony Abbott might not be winning friends outside of Warringah, but hanging out at the local mall he's in his element. Having John Howard beside him helps.
The relative privilege of these crowds doesn't undermine the sincerity or importance of what they're trying to achieve, but it does shift the tone. Every protest is imbued by this smiling confidence that they will win.
While the NSW Greens have been a bit of a mess in recent months, Kristyn Glanville is keeping the environment front and centre.
It was an enlivening and evenly matched piece of political theatre — and it's almost impossible to tell who actually won.
For all the perception of Abbott as a gaffe-prone, onion-munching, three-word sloganeer, it's easy to forget that there is more to the former prime minister and Rhodes scholar.