Election: Liberals set to retain Moore and Pearce, but Cowan too close to call

Election: Liberals set to retain Moore and Pearce, but Cowan too close to call

WITH the Federal Election count set to resume tomorrow, Liberal politicians Ian Goodenough and Christian Porter are both ahead .

Although the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is yet to declare any seats, Mr Goodenough has retained his Moore seat with a comfortable lead of 55 per cent of first preference votes.

Based on a count of 74.63 per cent of the votes, he received 39,704 votes compared to Labor candidate Tony Walker’s 20,977.

On the two-candidate preferred basis, Mr Goodenough has almost 61 per cent of the vote, and there are 5591 postal votes yet to be counted.

In Pearce, Mr Porter won 31,292 votes to Labor candidate Thomas French’s 23,895, with some of the bigger swings towards Labor around Ellenbrook.

On the two-candidate preferred basis, Mr Porter will retain his seat for a second term with more than 53 per cent of the vote.

The AEC website says there are still 6098 postal votes to count in Pearce.

Cowan remains one of the most tightly contested seats, with Liberal sitting member Luke Simpkins winning 28,008 first preference votes to Labor candidate Anne Aly’s 27,967.

However, on the two-candidate preferred basis, Dr Aly is slightly ahead with 50.73 per cent of the vote.

There are 5276 postal votes to count.

According to the AEC, nationally the Coalition has 67 seats while the Australian Labor Party has 71; a shift from the 90 to 55 representation at the last election.