LET THE BATTLE BEGIN: Independent candidate for Coffs Harbour Sally Townley and Nationals candidate Gurmesh Singh.
LET THE BATTLE BEGIN: Independent candidate for Coffs Harbour Sally Townley and Nationals candidate Gurmesh Singh. Matt Deans

The shock betting market for the seat of Coffs Harbour

WITH NSW residents heading to the polls in their millions tomorrow, major gambling corporation Sportsbet has opened a market for the state election.

The Coalition are heavily favoured to retain power by the company, currently sitting at $1.38.

Gladys Berejiklian's Coalition is in to $1.38 to retain power, while Michael Daley's Labor has moved out to $3.
Gladys Berejiklian's Coalition is in to $1.38 to retain power, while Michael Daley's Labor has moved out to $3.

Labor have drifted in the market in recent days and currently sit at $3.

All other parties are currently rated a $101 chance or more.

Though the real intrigue for locals lies in the seat of Coffs Harbour.

Nationals candidate Gurmesh Singh is the odds-on favourite to take out the seat with Sportsbet, currently paying $1.20 to become the new member.

Endorsed Labor candidate for the state seat of Coffs Harbour, Tony Judge.
Endorsed Labor candidate for the state seat of Coffs Harbour, Tony Judge. Charis Brownlie

Labor man Tony Judge is on the second line of betting at $4, while Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Stuart Davidson is $12.

The shock in the field, which may mark great value for willing punters, is Independent Sally Townley at $21.

Shooters Fishers and Farmers candidate Stuart Davidson.
Shooters Fishers and Farmers candidate Stuart Davidson. Trevor Veale

Dr Townley has run a strong campaign and is a well known figure in the Coffs Harbour community, with the former Greens candidate a real threat to the Nationals stranglehold on the seat.

Fellow independent Ann Leonard is also $21.

Greens candidate Jonathan Cassell.
Greens candidate Jonathan Cassell. Trevor Veale

An online poll The Advocate ran in early February had Sally Townley slightly ahead of Gurmesh Singh with more than 2,000 votes cast.

Who has won your vote in the State seat of Coffs Harbour?

This poll ended on 23 March 2019.

Current Results

Jonathan Cassell, The Greens

4%

Stuart Davidson, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers

6%

Tony Judge, Australian Labor Party

15%

Ann Leonard, Independent

3%

Gurmesh Singh, The Nationals

31%

Sally Townley, Independent

38%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The Greens' Jonathan Cassell stands at $51-1 while Robyn Marchant of the Animal Justice Party is $101-1 to win the seat. Voting centres for the NSW election open at 8am tomorrow.



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