Liberal win in Stuart predicted

David Cox of Port Augusta places his vote at the Flinders View Primary School.

David Cox of Port Augusta places his vote at the Flinders View Primary School.

A political expert has tipped Liberal candidate for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan to be re-elected as people hit the polls in Port Augusta and around the region today.

University of Adelaide head of school of history and politics Doctor Clem Macintyre has predicted a Liberal victory with an increase in margin.

"In the seat of Stuart I expect a Liberal win," he said.

"Dan van Holst Pellekaan has been a good member and with a higher level of recognition after serving for four years should improve his vote."

Mr van Holst Pellekaan won the seat of Stuart at the 2010 election with 57.6 per cent of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.

The Labor Party was very late in announcing its candidate for Stuart Josh Vines and Dr Macintyre said this would contribute to the result.

"It [a Labor victory in Stuart] was always unlikely," he said.

"By naming a candidate so late that would suggest the Labor Party were thinking the same thing."

The other candidates contesting the seat of Stuart are Brendan Fitzgerald (Greens) and Sylvia Holland (Family First).

Dr Macintyre predicted a statewide swing to the Liberal Party.

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