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NSW Premier Mike Baird Wins Convincing Re-Election

Australia's biggest state strokes its Baird.

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What We Know So Far

  • Premier Mike Baird wins another four-year term and claims privatisation "mandate".
  • Labor's Luke Foley concedes and wants to stay on as leader.
  • The ABC predicts Coalition will win 53 seats, Labor 34, Greens 4, Independents 2.

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Channel 7's Chris Reason posted pictures of Labor leader Luke Foley's concession speech.

Luke Foley leaves the building...and his speech behind on the lectern. Political junkies stand by, sending now

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Luke Foley: A glorious past doesn't guarantee Labor any sort of future and nor should it. Labor must be relevant to the here and now. The Labor Party must earn its future.

#nswvotes Great speech by Luke Foley. Generous and gracious to opponents and supporters alike. Said Mike Baird was honourable, so is he.

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Managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton criticised Labor leader Luke Foley's support for marriage equality arguing it didn't help him pick up inner city votes.

@Luke_FoleyNSW decision to go against his excellent Catholic natural law instincts on marriage did not help the @NSWLabor vote in #Newtown

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Ahhh, it's good to laugh.

Arthur Sinodinos made a “haha we’ve got his metadata now” joke on Nine.. Hilarious. #nswvotes

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Another out gay MP is Bruce Notley-Smith – he's polling very well in his current seat of Coogee & should go on to win, says ABC. #nswvotes

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Another seat for the Greens with Jamie Parker retaining Balmain.

Annnnnnd ABC calling Balmain as a GR retain for Jamie Parker #nswvotes

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The ABC has called the northern New South Wales electorate of Ballina for Labor with a huge 28+% swing away from the Nationals. Local issues, like anti-coal seam gas mining has caused anger in the community.

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Blue Mountains has been a bellwether seat since 1976. But that could change tonight, with ABC calling the seat for Labor's Trish Doyle.

Congratulations to Trish Doyle in the Blue Mountains! #nswvotes #nswdecides

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Federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce is feeling confident.

Coalition wins ! Just thought I would get in early

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Early exit polls are pointing to a Coalition win.

  • Seven ReachTEL exit poll is predicting the Coalition to get 54%, Labor on 46% in a two-party preferred basis.
  • Nine Galaxy exit poll points to the Coalition beating Labor 55% to 45% per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
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As polls near close, ABC begin its election coverage with analyst Antony Green the star of the show. So we wrote this limerick for him.

We wrote a poem for @AntonyGreenABC http://t.co/vBsFNXX9rC #nswvotes

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Is this the most Australian response to voting today?

Just watched guy tick name off roll, depart and deposit his legislative assembly paper in a local letterbox. Way to vote informal #nswvotes

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Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten tried to zing prime minister Tony Abbott on Twitter today over his absence from the NSW election... one problem Mr Shorten: YOU'RE IN CHINA!!!!!

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There are 394 candidates running in the NSW upper house election. This is the ballot paper. Yep. It doesn't even fit in the booth.

My office for the next 20mins #nswvotes

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One of the most important Australian traditions is the election day sausage sizzle. For one polling booth this was the only sausage in sight. *DEAD*

This is literally the only sausage at my voting booth in Redfern. I feel ripped off. #democracysausage #nswvotes

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Prime minister Tony Abbott hasn't been in NSW for the election, instead favouring events in Victoria and Queensland.

Nice to get a visit in Coogee from @TurnbullMalcolm supporting @bnotleysmith #BackBaird #nswvotes #nswpol

That doesn't mean his leadership tormentor Malcolm Turnbull can't get out and support the local Liberal candidates.

Here's Malcolm with Mr Abbott's sister, Christine Forster in Sydney's eastern suburbs today.

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