Our Crikey Election Contest can match the election proper for being described in cliches. The outcome is a real cliffhanger.
The three or four independents to be elected to the House of Representatives look like finding themselves in a position of considerable power, but they will also have the difficulty of reconciling a public desire for stable government with maintaining the independence which their constituents find so attractive.
In the interests of furthering knowledge of good looking candidates tended to beat the not so good looking we selected eight House of Representative seats at random and asked readers to indicate, from looking at pictures alone, the candidate they expected to win.
Tony Abbott, as a race caller would put it, has stormed home in this election campaign and won the last day of proper campaigning in a canter.
There's little doubt about which side Crikey readers think has finished off the campaign better.
The Labor Party is concerned that too many people think it will win Saturday's election and that complacency will convince some of its disappointed normal supporters to make a protest vote.
On the thesis that there is an improved vote for an incumbent when a fancied team is winning games, Labor will be cheering for the Broncos and the Cats.
If there is anything that most of the public find less interesting than a debate between political leaders I am sure it is a debate about whether they should have a debate.
Sure Julia Gillard had a winning campaigning day but what a dull and boring address to the nation!
There's perhaps one finding we can take from the recent opinion polls -- the Greens appear to be doing substantially better on this occasion than in the lead up to any past federal election.