As primary vote drops from 54% in 2015 to 25%, independent Joe McGirr is set to benefit from rural shift away from major parties

The collapse of the Liberal party’s vote in Wagga Wagga is a worrying portent for Gladys Berejiklian’s government and suggests that the New South Wales state election in March will return a hung parliament.

It is also a concern for Scott Morrison’s federal government. The state election will likely take place about two months before the federal election, and a defeat for the NSW state government may end up setting the scene for a tough federal election for the Coalition.

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