Ninemsn's online poll question this morning was Are you going to vote for Kevin Rudd's Labor?
This question was only up for an hour or so before it was changed to Would you vote for Maxine McKew over John Howard?
Now, conventional wisdom is that it's a close race with election analysts such as Malcolm Mackerras predicting both a Labor win and McKew to unseat Howard. The closeness of the betting in the seat of Bennelong is shown in the following markets:
Sportingbet Howard $1.75 McKew $1.95However, the results from this morning and late this afternoon aren't telling the same story.
Portlandbet Howard $1.80 McKew $1.85
Betfair Howard $1.94 McKew $2.00
The Yes:No ratio this morning was 0.815 and this afternoon is 0.810 so it's not as if any vote stuffing is going on.
In the 2004 election John Howard received 54.33%. The result above is showing him with 55.26% of the vote.
Two points are clear:
1. The election is far from over.
2. Howard is not a shot duck in his electorate.