Both major parties will have eyes on Tasmania’s volatile north as voters head to the polls.
Labor holds Braddon in the state’s northwest by a slim 1.7 per cent margin and Bass in the northeast by 5.4 per cent.
In a sign of the seats’ influence on who claims the top job, Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten spent significant time in both electorates over a lengthy campaign.

Braddon is tipped to go down to the wire, with incumbent Justine Keay to face a big challenge from Liberals first-time candidate and beef farmer Gavin Pearce. Ms Keay won a by-election last July after being embroiled in the dual- citizenship saga, but was helped across the line by preferences.

Braddon has gone Labor-Liberal-Labor over the past three federal polls.

Labor’s Ross Hart is favoured to hold Bass, which includes Launceston, and is up against George Town mayor Bridget Archer.
In the seat of Lyons, which includes a vast swathe of Tasmania’s rural centre and east coast, Labor’s Brian Mitchell is the heavy favourite.

He may have faced competition from Jessica Whelan but her stocks took a hit when she resigned from the Liberal party after anti-Muslim social media comments made in her name surfaced.
Ms Whelan denied making some of the post and has referred them to police.

She is running as an independent and has remained confident of victory but all signs point to a Labor win.
The state’s south is expected to be more straightforward, with Franklin Labor incumbent Julie Collins and independent in the Hobart seat of Clark, Andrew Wilkie, holding big margins.



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