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Is he ‘Goodenough’ to win? Battle for Moore continues

Liberal MP Ian Goodenough has been spotted at his Joondalup electoral office as he clings to onto a razor-thin margin in his seat of Moore.

Mr Goodenough went into Saturday’s Federal poll with a comfortable 11.9 per cent margin over Labor in his northern suburbs electorateBut with more than 67 per cent of votes counted late on Sunday morning, the incumbent MP’s lead over Labor has been slashed to just 0.3 per cent.

Camera IconIan Goodenough leaves his office in Joondalup today. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Mr Goodenough leads Labor candidate Tom French by less than 500 votes overall, raising the prospect of an upset victory for Anthony Albanese’s new government.

Mr French is bidding to turn the electorate red for the first time since it was held by Allen Blanchard from 1983 to 1990.

The electrician ran a relatively low-key campaign without major financial backing as Labor instead trained its sights on more winnable targets such as Swan and Pearce.

However, the wave of Labor support that washed across WA looked like possibly turfing Mr Goodenough out of the seat he has held since 2013.

MP Ian Goodenough pictures from social media facebook
Camera IconMP Ian Goodenough pictures from social media facebook Credit: facebook/supplied

The possible upset in Moore comes following a dash of controversy in the lead-up to the poll.

MP Ian Goodenough pictures from social media facebook
Camera IconMP Ian Goodenough pictures from social media facebook Credit: facebook/supplied

After losing his seat of Stirling in a boundary redistribution following the 2019 election, Vince Connelly attempted to topple his Liberal colleague Mr Goodenough in a heated preselection tussle.

But Mr Connelly failed to convince preselectors to remove the nine-year incumbent, losing 39-36.

Voters rock up at Greenwood Primary School around 4pm in the electorate of Cowan on Saturday afternoon where Liberal candidate Vince Connelly was hoping to get elected.
Camera IconVince Connelly lost the preselection battle for Moore to fellow Liberal politician Ian Goodenough. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

That prompted his wife Peta to make a scathing Facebook post — which she quickly deleted — in which she claimed the better candidate had lost.

“Vince fought a hard fight, but it’s tough going up against a senior Liberal who bullied, manipulated and lied to voters in order to protect her friend,” she said.

“A very sad reflection on the Liberal Party democratic processes, and a synopsis of the future for the party — stuck in the past and happy with mediocrity.”

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