Word in comments is that an Adelaide Advertiser poll from Christopher Pyne’s seat of Sturt has been previewed on Tony Delroy’s what the papers say segment on ABC Radio. The poll, presumably conducted from the Advertiser’s usual 700-plus sample, shows Pyne with a narrow lead of 51-49 on two-party preferred. This follows this morning’s ABC poll of 297 respondents which had Pyne’s lead at 55-45. The existing margin is 6.8 per cent.
UPDATE: The Advertiser reports:
The two-party preferred vote is now 51-49 in Mr Pyne’s favour, tightening from 52-48 in a previous poll on October 3. Ms Handshin also recorded a strong rise in her primary vote from 35 per cent to 38 per cent. Mr Pyne is steady at 44 per cent … The Advertiser poll shows just 6 per cent of voters in Sturt remain undecided.
Ms Handshin has been described this week by senior Labor powerbrokers as a revelation during the campaign and she is destined to become a long-term project for the party. The law graduate, former AdelaideNow blogger and former Advertiser columnist, 29, is earmarked by party officials for another tilt at the federal arena. They will not rule out considering her for a state seat such as Norwood, should Vini Ciccarello decide to call it quits at the 2010 state election.