So even seats once thought very unlikely to change hands are attracting keen interest when it comes to preselections.
Tonight is the beginning of the Reps seats selections, after a bloodied, bruising Senate preselection battle about not much where petulant sausage roll feasting champion Senator Scott Ryan snatched and grabbed the #2 Senate position from the Greens-busting patriot Helen Kroger in a spite fight of great notoriety.
The Reps battles start with Chisholm, the seat held by Deputy Speaker Anna Burke, who is performing admirably as the fill-in Speaker while Speaker Slipper is dealing with claims from a source increasingly seen as dubious, if not devious and deceitful.
Sources familiar with the matter tell VEXNEWS the sometimes united Kroger/Costello group is supporting John Nguyen, an impressively credentialed partner at Ernst & Young who ran last time.
The Baillieu forces are believed to be backing opponent Nicholas Tragas, a Telstra exec and the former mayor and a currently serving councillor of Boroondara.
Many of Baillieu’s folk hail from the Burwood area, while those from Box Hill are aligned to patriot Attorney-General Robert Clark, seen as part of the Kroger/Costello grouping, with the numbers seen as reasonably evenly split.
Results will be out tonight. Developing…
UPDATE: John Nguyen prevails.