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.
Dean Harris is personable and articulate, never faltering on policy. Imagine if Labor ran him in a seat he could actually win.
It was an enlivening and evenly matched piece of political theatre — and it's almost impossible to tell who actually won.
Tony Abbott's key challenger in Warringah doesn't want to change the system — she wants to see it managed better.
It's been a stupid election campaign so far and all signs point to it getting stupider.
What do the locals make of Abbott's competition? They quite like her. Or at least they want to like her.