Mark McGowan will be out on election day, battling to win over undecided voters for Labor leader and “terrific fellow” Anthony Albanese.
In a scenario which will send shivers down the spines of Liberal strategists, the ultra-popular Premier is expected to hand out how-to-vote cards for Labor in key marginal seats on May 21.
“I will go and do my bit,” he said during his address at The West Australian’s post-budget Leadership Matters event on Friday.
“I think I’m scheduled to eat a sausage somewhere. I don’t know if that is helping the cause much. And I will certainly vote for my local Labor member.”
Mr McGowan told The West State political editor Peter Law he was a seasoned campaigner, having handed out how-to-vote cards “since Bob Hawke was prime minister”.
Mr Albanese has sought to capitalise on Mr McGowan’s cult appeal to bolster Labor’s chances of winning key WA seats, choosing Perth to launch his campaign and appearing alongside him in advertising.
At that launch, Mr McGowan declared he was “completely in-sync” with his party’s federal leader.
Recent polling conducted by YouGov shows Labor on track for a convincing victory. It predicted Labor will win 80 seats on election night. Seventy-six are needed to declare outright victory.
The WA seats of Pearce and Swan are among those expected to fall to Labor.
Mr McGowan was speaking in front of an audience including some of the State’s biggest business names, including APM chief executive Mike Anghie, Hawaiin Group boss Russell Gibbs and prominent property developer – and Labor donor – Nigel Satterly.
Incoming Governor Chris Dawson – the current Police Commissioner – was also in the crowd, as was Federal Labor’s Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers and former WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt.