Christian Porter has be re-elected for a second term as the Federal Member for Pearce, but with a dramatically reduced majority.
In 2013, Mr Porter had a 8.1 per cent majority, adjusted to 9.1 per cent after the redistribution. The Federal seat of Pearce has been a safe Liberal seat since its creation in 1990.
Christian Porter’s primary vote dropped from 40,275 votes in 2013, down to 31,640 this year.
There was an overall swing of nearly six per cent to the relatively unknown Labor candidate, Thomas French.
Greens candidate, Lee-Anne Miles polled 10.5 per cent of the primary vote, up 0.7 per cent.
How this will carry forward to the WA State Government election is difficult to assess – In 2013, Member for Butler, John Quigley, was re-elected to state parliament with a drastically reduced majority, 11,951 votes (51.77%) to Liberal candidate, Linda Aitken’s 11,136 48.23%) votes.
At best the seat must be considered marginal, as John Quigley and Linda Aitken will go head-to-head again in the March 2017 state election.