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Federal election 2022: Curtin’s Kate Chaney and Celia Hammond in ‘tight race’ amid wait for postal vote count

Teal independent Kate Chaney is poised to end the Coalition’s 23-year reign in Curtin, but is bracing for a late surge of Liberal Party postal votes.

In what had been the Liberal Party’s safest Federal seat in WA, Ms Chaney held a modest 2.4 per cent lead over incumbent Celia Hammond after 67.7 per cent of votes were counted on Sunday night.

Despite the national broadcaster declaring victory for Ms Chaney the teal independent is refusing to declare herself the new representative for Curtin.

Betting markets have also already paid out punters who backed Ms Chaney.

Both Ms Chaney’s campaign team fears, and the Liberal Party hopes, postal votes – still being counted – will favour of Ms Hammond overall.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Independent for Curtin Kate Chaney is seen on May 18, 2022 in Perth, Australia. The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 21 May 2022. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)
Camera IconBetting markets have already paid out on a win for Kate Chaney. Credit: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

Ms Hammond is favoured 55.2 per cent to 48.2 per cent in a small number of mail-in ballots that have already been counted.

A spokeswoman for Ms Chaney’s campaign told The West Australian remaining postal votes are expected to also favour Ms Hammond, with rusted-on Liberal voters traditionally the ones to cast their ballots first via mail in Curtin.

Regardless of who claims the seat, Ms Chaney said the Liberals could no longer take Curtin for granted.

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