Throsby MP Stephen Jones has spent his election day in ‘‘a race against time’’ as he travelled through his vast Illawarra and Southern Highlands seat visiting as many booths as possible.
He began this morning in Mittagong and Robertson, then heading down to Albion Park and Oak Flats, over to Cringila and Port Kembla and, as of 4.30pm was trying to make it to Warilla before the close of polls.
Despite media reports of Labor supporters around the country feeling ‘‘sombre’’, as the latest Nielson and Roy Morgan polls show a continuing trend towards the Coalition, Mr Jones said he had not encountered this in his travels.
‘‘I’ve been speaking to people and spending a few minutes testing the water at each booth,’’ he said.
‘‘People have been saying it’s good to see me ... and the mood I’m getting back from people on the booths has been good.’’
At the 2010 election Mr Jones won Throsby with a strong margin of 12.1 per cent, however he would not make a judgment on his chances this year until voting is over.
‘‘I’m not going to use the word confident,’’ he said.
‘‘Let’s wait and see in a couple of hours when the polls close.’’
Greens candidate and Shellharbour councillor Peter Moran spent his day at booths in Warilla, Albion Park and Oak Flats and said he had been ‘‘heartened’’ by the response.
‘‘The Greens vote has been rising in this area over the past few elections,’’ he said.
‘‘And since I’ve been elected to the council people know a bit more about me and the issues I stand for.
‘‘I’m not anticipating that I’ll win the seat but I hope we’ve done enough to raise the profile of the Greens and get Cate Faerhmann elected in the Senate - because it could come down to her or Pauline Hanson.’’
Nationals candidate Gary Anderson also said he’d received a lot of support as he travelled through about 20 different booths from Bowral to Albion Park.
He was joined for part of the day by his daughter, Roxanne Anderson and said he hoped to better the 5.3 per cent vote which Nationals candidate Alan Hay received in 2010.
‘‘If the face-to-face is anything to go for, there’s a lot of support and a lot of disgruntlement,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s a growing awareness of the Nationals, and I think regardless of the outcome Throsby has admitted to the fact that it needs to change.’’
The Mercury has been unable to contact Liberal candidate Larissa Mallinson this afternoon, however it is understood she voted in her home suburb of Horsley this morning.