Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Newcastle result declared today

The result of the Newcastle election was formally declared today, with Tim Owen the winner.

Tim Owen and I were the only two candidates present for the occasion.

I've congratulated Tim on running a very effective campaign, and accomplishing something that is truly historic: a Liberal win in Labor heartland territory!

We'll be there to keep him on his toes.

The Newcastle campaign secured us 14.86% of the primary vote for the Legislative Assembly seat of Newcastle, and 19.67% of the local above-the-line Legislative Council vote.

The results for the seat of Newcastle are posted here.

The local Legislative Council results are here.

It was an excellent local campaign, and I'd like to thank our enormously talented and dedicated local campaign team, who put in countless hours of volunteer time to run our campaign office, produce our materials, recruit helpers to distribute leaflets and staff polling booths, and the many other things that go into running a local election campaign.

Of course, we couldn't have achieved what we did without the generous help of all the wonderful committed Greens members and supporters who helped staff the office, phone helpers, deliver leaflets, and staff the polling booths on election day.

Finally, I'd also like to express my appreciation to the 6,510 citizens of the seat of Newcastle who voted for me, and helped to give Newcastle the biggest swing to The Greens in the Hunter region. It's an excellent base on which to build for the next election cycle.

This will be the last posting on this campaign blog.

Thanks to all my readers for your interest and support throughout the campaign.

John Sutton