As this newspaper was going to press, the results in Cannington had Bill Johnston (ALP) with 7393 votes, giving him 44.7 per cent of the vote.
Mr Johnston said his team was relieved.
‘We knew it was going to be a difficult election to win,’ Mr Johnston said.
‘It was clearly an election that was going to be complex for the Labor party, with federal issues continuing and also issues here in Cannington.”
Liberal candidate Jesse Jacobs was on 7152 votes, equating to 43.2 per cent, followed by Green’s candidate Christine Cunningham with 1455 votes, a percentage of 8.8.
Cannington’s Independent candidate Mark Harrington received 546 votes.
In one of the most interesting seats to watch, Riverton’s Liberal candidate Mike Nahan received 10,688 votes, rounding out to 56.5 per cent, followed by Labor candidate Hannah Beazley who received 6705 votes and a percentage of 35.5.
Dr Nahan said his electorate had gone from being the most marginal seat in WA, which he won in 2008 by just 64 votes, to a margin of more than 4000 votes this election.
‘This is an unprecedented change and it has come because of the strong endorsement I have received for the work I have done.”
‘The Labor candidate also had support of the Green’s candidate and the City of Canning’s suspended Mayor Joe Delle Donne, who was running as an Independent, feeding their preferences to her and she still only received 35 per cent of the vote.”
Ms Beazley said she was disappointed with the result.
‘I had prepared myself for both outcomes and now I will re-evaluate, Ms Beazley said.
Green’s candidate Marcus Atkinson received 1107 votes and a percentage of 5.9, and former City of Canning mayor Joe Delle Donne, who ran as an Independent, accumulated 412 votes or 2.2 per cent.
For more election results, visit www.elections.wa.gov.au/results