Who will succeed Luke Hartsuyker as the Federal Member for Cowper?
Who will succeed Luke Hartsuyker as the Federal Member for Cowper? Trevor Veale

Political betting markets tip cliffhangers in both seats

THE Federal electorates of Cowper and Page, covering the Coffs Coast, are expected to be cliff-hanging polls, if the opening odds posted today in the political betting markets are anything to go off.

Tabcorp NSW has handed slight favouritism in Cowper to Independent candidate and former Member for Lyne Rob Oakeshott.

The market has opened with Mr Oakeshott at $1.80 to be elected.

The Nationals newly elected candidate Patrick Conaghan is also at short odds to be elected following the retirement of the party's Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker after 18 years in office.

Mr Congahan is listed by the bookies at $1.87 to win the local poll in five weeks time.

That's despite The Nationals 56-year reign in holding Cowper.

national party candidate for Federal seat of Cowper,   Patrick Conaghan.. 25 JAN 2019
Nationals candidate for Cowper Pat Conaghan. TREVOR VEALE

Labor candidate Andrew Woodward meanwhile is at wider odds of $21.

 

Labour candidate for COWPER Andrew Woodward.. 08 AUG 2018
Labor candidate for Cowper Andrew Woodward. Trevor Veale

While the Greens are listed at $67 and in a market irregularity betting has been suspended for other candidates who nominate to stand in the electorate.

Given the United Australia Party's Lex Stewart is not listed in the market, it's understood he falls into this line of betting.

 

Palmer party candidate for cowper Lex Stewart. 13  MAR  2018
United Australia party candidate for Cowper Lex Stewart. TREVOR VEALE

In the bellwether seat of Page (won by the party winning government at every election since 1990), the betting market has opened with incumbent Kevin Hogan listed at $2.20.

The early short priced favourite is his main political rival the ALP's Patrick Deegan at $1.60.

 

Patrick Deegan has won preselection to represent the seat of Page for Labor at the next federal election.
Labor's candidate for Page Patrick Deegan.

The Greens candidate for Page Daniel Reid meanwhile is listed at $34.

 

Greens Candidate Daniel Reid at his press conference in Spinks Park in Lismore.
Greens candidate for Page Daniel Reid. Marc Stapelberg

Bill Shorten's Labor party are strong favourites nationally to win government at $1.18 with the Scott Morrison-led Coalition out to $4.50.

Rob Oakeshott, independent candidate for Cowper in Coffs Harbour. 23 JAN 2019
Independent candidate for Cowper Rob Oakeshott. TREVOR VEALE
Kevin Hogan federal member for Page, talks with Nana Glenn residents re. solar farm proposal. . 05 FEB 2018
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan. TREVOR VEALE