Super Saturday by-elections polls open as Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten go head-to-head

VOTING for the Super Saturday by-elections is now under way, as a new poll shows Labor leader Bill Shorten could escape a leadership challenge with tight wins in two crucial seats.Labor is battling to hold onto the Queensland seat of Longman and the Tasmanian seat of Braddon, with polls saying they are too close to call.But the latest Newspoll published in Saturday’s Weekend Australian has Labor ahead 51-49 on a two-party-preferred count in both seats.

The Newspoll wasn’t all good news for Mr Shorten. It also revealed Labor’s primary vote would have been much stronger in both Braddon and Longman if Mr Albanese was leader rather than Mr Shorten.The poll also indicated the Coalition could win Longman, but only if the LNP secured about 80 per cent of One Nation preferences which is considered unlikely.No opposition has lost a by-election to the government in 98 years, and Labor has conceded Longman and Braddon will be tough to win…

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