Canning MP Andrew Hastie has built on his win in last year’s Canning byelection, recording a swing towards him in both his primary and two-party preferred vote in Saturday’s general election.
Although the boundaries of the seat had changed due to a recent redistribution, Mr Hastie’s margin has increased from 55.26 per cent in the byelection to 56.23 per cent with more than 70 per cent of votes counted.
His primary vote increased from 46.92 per cent to 49.95 per cent.
These figures are set to improve with the counting of postal votes which traditionally favour the Liberal party.
Labor’s primary vote fell from 35.56 per cent last September when Matt Keogh was its candidate in the byelection to 34 per cent at the general election.
However, Labor is celebrating a two-party preferred swing of more than 5 per cent for its candidate Barry Winmar when comparing its results on Saturday to those of former Canning MP Don Randall in 2013.
In 2013, Labor polled just 38.19 of the two-party preferred vote and 26.64 per cent of the primary vote.
Mr Winmar’s vote in the general election is a marked improvement on those results.
Greens candidate Aeron Blundell-Camden increased his party’s primary vote from 5.87 per cent in last September’s Canning byelection to 8.34 per cent in Saturday’s general election.
Counting is set to continue on Tuesday.
For up-to-the-minute results in Canning, go to the Australian Electoral Commission’s virtual tally room.