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Watch Jim Molan, he may defy the Liberal Party - and history

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18.04.2019

There will be one piece of voting data on May 19 that I will be particularly interested in – how many people in NSW voted "below the line" for Jim Molan in the Senate? This is going to tell us how many switched-on, politically engaged, mainstream conservatives live in NSW.

Its likely most voters in NSW will not know there is a spirited campaign being waged across the state to re-elect Molan to the Senate. The NSW Liberals have relegated Molan to a seemingly unwinnable position on their Senate ticket but voters do have the democratic right to ignore the party ticket and vote for whoever they want below the line.

Senator Jim Molan ... fighting from within for his political survival. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

It has happened in Tasmania but no candidate in the history of NSW has been elected to the Senate from a below the line. ABC election analyst Antony Green was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday saying Molan would need 150,000 No.1 votes to win but concluded "the chances of that are very slight. I’d say fanciful." Let’s see.

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