Rudd faces losing his own seat
Kevin Rudd is going down, even in his own seat of Griffith. The Aussie election is heading towards a bloodbath.
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd says he will keep fighting in the face of a new poll that shows he faces losing his seat of Griffith in the upcoming election.
The Guardian Lonergan poll puts Liberal candidate Bill Glasson ahead of Rudd on a two-party preferred basis by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
“The bottom line is this is an election and, as you all know, we enter an election on this occasion as the underdog so we’re up against it,” Mr Rudd said while appearing on Channel Ten’s The Project.
“But I’m a fighter and I will fight and I will fight and I will fight.”
Senior Liberals are confident the Prime Minister’s Brisbane electorate is “in play”.
The Coalition will intensify efforts to win Mr Rudd’s seat – held with a margin of 8.46 per cent – in a move likely to force the PM to spend more time protecting his own backyard.
News Corp Australia understands the Coalition’s internal polling suggests Griffith has tightened up considerably.
The shock Guardian Lonergan poll of 958 voters suggests Mr Rudd could follow the lead of John Howard, who was turfed out of his own seat of Bennelong when he lost the prime ministership in 2007.
It will raise a dilemna for Labor strategists about how to deploy the PM in the remaining two weeks of the campaign.