27 Mar 2011

Labor dominance over in New South Wales

5:14 am on 27 March 2011

The Labor Party was Labor Party is heading for heavy defeat in the state election in New South Wales on Saturday.

On Saturday evening, with the early results in, the ABC was predicting the opposition Coalition would end up with 67 seats, and had Labour taking just 23, on a swing of 17.1%. The Coalition needs only 47 seats for an outright majority.

An earlier Sky News exit poll put the swing against Labor at 21%, with a two-party vote of 64% for the Coalition and 36% for Labor.

Labor Premier Kristina Keneally has faced down the prospect of a humiliating defeat, saying that if the opposition wins, it will have no mandate to govern.

Both Ms Keneally and Coalition leader Barry O'Farrell campaigned hard on Friday.

Analysts predict a defeat of historic proportions, in which Labor will lose some seats it has held for 100 years.