WHETHER they’re true blue or real red, supporters from the Liberal and Labor parties are confident their leader can get across the line tomorrow night.
In the left corner are ALP true believers Jasmin Barker and Matt Watson while in the right corner are Coalition campaigners Jim Dwyer and Pat Dalton.
A growing trend towards early voting has meant supporters from across the political spectrum have been stationed outside polling stations for the past fortnight.
Mr Dwyer said Premier Denis Napthine’s popularity was considerable in his home constituency.
The retired solicitor has been a key volunteer for the Liberal Party since the 1974 federal election and said more people than ever were pre-poll voting.
“The Premier has done a splendid job in returning Victoria to a sound financial position as well as investing in the infrastructure we need here in Warrnambool and the surrounding districts,” Mr Dwyer said yesterday.
“We’ve had a large number of voters taking a how-to-vote card. Many people are polite and take all the cards but the reception the Liberal Party has received has been strong.”
On the Labor side, Mr Watson said a surprising number of voters in the region were still undecided as they weighed up the options this week.
“TAFE cuts have been at the forefront of people’s minds,” the Labor volunteer said. “Roads and road maintenance is also a major issue, (as are) transport and education.
“I’d like to think there is a mood for change and that people are weighing up how the government has performed over the past four years.”
Both Mrs Barker and Mr Watson said ALP candidate Roy Reekie has been an excellent representative for the party. Blue or red, green or indeed Palmer yellow — the technicolor of democracy will be on full display tomorrow.