Under 400 votes separate Labor and Liberals in tight Dunstan count

Labor’s lead in the ongoing Dunstan by-election count has narrowed, with latest figures showing Liberal candidate Anna Finizio trails Cressida O’Hanlon by fewer than 400 votes.

Mar 27, 2024, updated Mar 27, 2024
Labor candidate for Dunstan, Cressida O'Hanlon. Photo: David Simmons/InDaily.

Labor candidate for Dunstan, Cressida O'Hanlon. Photo: David Simmons/InDaily.

The latest Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA) figures show Labor candidate Cressida O’Hanlon ahead by 384 votes.

ECSA updated its website for last Saturday’s by-election overnight and resumed counting declaration votes this morning. So far, 8115 declaration votes have been counted – 112 of which have been declared informal – and a result for the eastern suburbs seat could be announced today.

The Liberal Party held Dunstan with a margin of just 0.5 per cent or 260 votes under former Premier Steven Marshall at the 2022 state election, with the weekend by-election coming after his recent resignation as MP.

O’Hanlon, who ran against Marshall in 2022, has 51 per cent of the two candidate preferred vote, edging Finizio out after preferences are considered.

Of first preference votes, Finizio has 9033 of 21,198 counted, while O’Hanlon has a 32.1 per cent share and Greens candidate Katie McCusker secured 19.2 per cent.

The trend identified yesterday of Finizio securing the bulk of early and postal votes continued as more votes were counted, with the Liberal candidate currently boasting 49 per cent of first preference declaration votes.

By suburb, the Liberals were most successful in St Peters where Finizio won 54.3 per cent of two candidate preferred votes counted so far. O’Hanlon saw the most success in Maylands, securing 60.6 per cent of the two candidate preferred vote.

Liberal candidate Dr Anna Finizio. Photo: David Simmons/InDaily.

Neither party has conceded or claimed victory. On Saturday night Liberal leader David Speirs said the result “was not looking that promising” for the Opposition, but on Monday he ruled out stepping down as leader.

“I’ll be staying in this job,” he said.

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