Wood a hot favourite to retain seat

The election will be held on Saturday 21 May.

The punters seem to think Jason Wood is a certainty to get back into Federal Parliament after Saturday’s election.

When the election campaign began, the race between Mr Wood and his Labor opponent Abi Kumar was considered an even money bet. Both were returning $1.90 for every $1 invested.

This week, in the lead-up to the 21 May poll, Mr Wood’s odds of winning have trimmed significantly to $1.35, while Labor has blown out to a $3 proposition.

So there could be a few Liberal-aligned punters out there sweating on the election result.

The Gazette caught up with two early voters on Monday to get their thoughts.

Judy Battersby of Longwarry said voting early was easier for her because of where she lives.

“I’ll be voting for Liberal. If Labor gets in they’ll run us broken and Liberal will have to bail us out again,“ she said.

Jeanette Haywood of Garfield said she was voting early due to work commitments.

“I’m a nurse and I have to work on Saturday,“ she said.

“I just wish the promises they make at election day could be done beforehand – why wait until an election to make all these great promises?“

She said she already knew who was going to receive her vote.

“I’ve never been swinging voter, but that’s how I was raised,“ she said.