Election result still up in air

Labor's candidate for Richmond Justine Elliot was about 800 votes ahead of the sitting National member Larry Anthony as of Tuesday afternoon after Saturday's poll with counting to resume today.

"It is just too close to get any idea of which way the seat will go," Ms Elliot said.

Counting of postal votes is due to start today.

"Traditionally the postal votes favoured the incumbent while absentee votes tended to follow the swing," she said.

But with Richmond going against the national trend it is anyone's game at this stage.

The big advantage for Ms Elliot is the Green vote.

"My counters are telling me that 90 per cent of the Green preferences are coming my way which is more than usual," she said.

"But it's the postal votes that will determine the outcome and we just don't know how many there are.

"We know how many forms we sent out but we just don't know how many were sent back in."

The National's candidate Larry Anthony was not available for comment, but his media adviser Ben Hindmarsh said Mr Anthony was being "realistic" about the outcome.

Mr Hindmarsh said postal and absentee votes would be a telling factor in the outcome.

"Larry is taking it as it comes," he said. "He is hopeful of a miracle, but it's going to be tough. It's a lot to come back."

If Mr Anthony loses, he has made it clear he won't be standing in Richmond again.


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