The Liberal Party has lost the seat of Wagga Wagga, according to the predictions (in the image: candidate Julia Ham)
The premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, admitted on Sunday the defeat in the Wagga Wagga by election, saying she believes that independent Joe McGirr will get enough votes to take the seat of the Liberals.
The Liberal Party will lose the seat 60 years after they won it for the first time in 1957.
While it continues to count, experts predict a 29 percent swing against the liberals, indicating a historical loss for the party, SBS reported.
"We are likely to get the highest primary vote, but of course not enough to keep the seat," said Ms. Berejiklian after the first results. made public.
After the recent leadership problems in the federal parliament, the political party did everything possible in an effort to win the Wagga Wagga by election.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who visited Wagga Wagga six times before, also told The Daily Telegraph: "The infighting in Canberra was a big concern" (Pictured: Ms. Berejiklian and Ms. Ham).
Dr. McGirr (pictured right), who addressed his followers in his own backyard, promised his followers that he would remain independent regardless of the outcome
Liberal candidate Julia Ham has also virtually granted the seat of the state of New South Wales, saying that although this "may have ended, it is something that would undoubtedly represent again."
Ms. Ham will be able to challenge the seat again in the March general election.
While Ms. Berejiklian has quickly blamed the federal leadership coup for inciting distrust in the public, it was said that the departure of former Wagga Wagga member Daryl Maguire also hindered Ms. Ham's likelihood of success, ABC reported.
"They took a deputy out of the parliament and we made the federal Liberal Party tear, what do you expect to happen?" a high liberal minister said.
The former disgraced deputy presented his official resignation from parliament after he became embroiled in a corruption scandal.
It is alleged that secret recordings of him were discovered discussing potential commissions on property agreements with another local councilor.
Ms. Berejiklian, who visited Wagga Wagga six times in the run-up to the election, also said: "The infighting in Canberra was a great concern and, combined with the actions of a former member, created an atmosphere where the cynicism of people with politics were discarded. "
With the liberals excluded from the race, it now depends on Dr. McGirr and Labor candidate Dan Hayes.
Independent candidate Joe McGirr (pictured) is surprised to be the current favorite to win the by-election
Dr. McGirr, who addressed his followers in his own backyard, promised his followers that he would remain independent regardless of the outcome.
"I have been independent, I am independent, I intend to continue as an independent," he said.
He also said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald: "Clearly it is very close and everything will be reduced to preferences.
"Being at this point of the primary vote really is really a wonderful surprise."
Mr. Hayes, also proud of his achievements, declared that they had achieved the task of making Wagga Wagga a marginal seat again.
"They have neglected us for too long, for too long and we are sending them a message: we will no longer be abandoned."
Mr. Hayes (pictured left), also proud of his achievements, stated that they had achieved the task of making Wagga Wagga a marginal seat again.
A Newspoll published after Scott Morrison (pictured) took over the lead position showed that Bill Shorten is currently the preferred prime minister, from 33 to 39 percent