Liberals Win Tasmania Election

Tasmania’s Liberal Party has claimed a historic third straight election win but whether it can govern in majority probably won’t be known for days. Premier Peter Gutwein is confident but not assured of winning the 13th seat needed to deliver the government a majority in the state’s 25-member lower house. Counting continues after Saturday night’s poll, with eyes on the crucial race in the Hobart-based electorate of Clark where independents Kristie Johnston and Sue Hickey are polling strongly. Liberal success in one of the two in-doubt Clark seats could deliver the party a majority, while independent success could give rise to a kingmaker. Under Tasmania’s unique Hare-Clark voting system, five MPs are elected in each of the state’s five electorates. Election analyst Kevin Bonham said the Liberals appear likely to pick up one of the in-doubt Clark seats but the situation was “very complex.” “We’re probably not going to know …
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