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  • Leonardo Puglisi

No second teal wave with potentially zero independents getting into the Victorian parliament

Only one teal independent candidate is still in the running as results continue to come in.

Predictions from some of a second 'teal wave' in Victoria don't appear to have come to fruition, with all but 1 teal independent candidates unsuccessful and the remaining one now behind on a two-candidate-preferred basis.


Nomi Kaltmann was fourth on primary votes in Caulfield - which ended up seeing the Liberals defeat Labor in a two-party-preferred contest - while Sophie Torney was unsuccessful in winning Kew, the seat held by retiring MP Tim Smith & contested by Liberal Jess Wilson.


Earlier this afternoon, Liberal John Pesutto won Hawthorn - which he lost in 2018 - in a close contest with Labor incumbent John Kennedy & independent Melissa Lowe.


Dr Kate Lardner is still a chance in Mornington, which is being contested for the Liberals by former federal MP Chris Crewther, after incumbent David Morris lost preselection. Crewther currently leads by around 300 votes.

 

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Other non-teal candidates that some expected to do well - including Felicity Frederico in Brighton, Joe Garra in Point Cook, Ian Birchall in Melton, Paul Hopper in Werribee and even Ian Cook in Mulgrave - have not won and many have not even been one of the two-candidate-preferred candidates.


Speaking to 6 News, Sophie Torney said that "we ran this campaign to win...the media was reporting that (these seats) were winnable."


"Talking on the ground to people, the community wanted to challenge the two-party system and wanted that change."


Kew & Hawthorn are both part of the federal Kooyong electorate, which was won by independent Dr Monique Ryan in May.


Out in regional Victoria, sitting independent MPs Ali Cupper (Mildura) & Suzanna Sheed (Shepparton) have both lost their seats to the Nationals.


Morwell, a notional Labor seat not re-contested by sitting independent Russell Northe, was also picked up by the Nationals.


Watch Sophie Torney's full interview with 6 News here.


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