Kelly O’Dwyer is widely anticipated to comfortably win this evening’s preselection. We’ve never heard a Liberal party preselection candidate so enthusiastically described by backers, with public and private endorsements of the most lavish kind, assuring that she’s destined for greatness, or at least the federal parliamentary party leadership.
The preselection was under way at 7pm, with 324 eligible local party members, some 260 have braved the dreary weather and attended. Of the 77 state council patriots, 72 have come along with 4 office-bearers.
That gives us a total of 336 delegates.
By 8.15pm, the second round table is over with the voting underway.
Stand by for the result.
At 9.05pm, patriots advise Kelly O’Dwyer spoke brilliantly, justifying the strong confidence of her local supporters. Questions will ensue with a result expected as early as 9.15pm.
At 9.26pm, voting has just started. Result should be any time soon, won’t take long to count.
At 9.50pm, vote to proceed was agreed to. The result will be announced shortly.
At 9.56pm, Kelly O’Dwyer is declared the winner. Congratulations. We hear the margin was 222 to 112, a very convincing showing around two thirds of the vote.