Harding confident Blair is in her grasp
TERESA Harding is in a confident mood just under three hours from the closure of the polling booths.
The LNP candidate for Blair said she was smashing the ALP on the ground in some booths with the takeup of her how to vote cards, and was ahead in the Somerset region.
Ms Harding wasn’t claiming victory over sitting ALP MP Shayne Neumann, but was buoyed by what she had seen at booths across the electorate
“I’ve been to the Raceview booth, Yamanto booth and I am just leaving the one at Ipswich State High,” she said.
“Raceview is always a tough booth but we are getting a great reception out there.
“Yamanto was the booth that really surprised me.
“We were handing out how to vote cards three to one over Labor.
“It is going well at Brassall, and up in the Somerset it is going extremely well.
“Our booth workers are all ringing in really excited.
“At the last election I was getting a lot of flak about Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman.
“There is none of that hatred.
“People either like Malcolm Turnbull or are comfortable with him.
“That is helping me.”
Ms Harding, who voted this morning at Raceview State School with her daughter Gabriella, said her name recognition had soared since the last time she contested the seat against Mr Neumann in 2013.
“There is a different feel,” she said.
“Last time people said ‘I have never heard of you and don’t know who you are’ but this time I have only had one person say that and that was on pre-poll.
“It has been really helpful to have that recognition and when I tell people I am the only one that has delivered on all my election promises that resonates.”
Ms Harding said she was hoping Pauline Hanson’s One Nation voters had followed the how to vote cards as One Nation had preferenced the LNP above the ALP in Blair.