Casting his vote at a local primary school on Saturday morning, Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said he was “quietly confident” of defeating the Labor Party and Premier Daniel Andrews in the state election.
Mr Guy, who faces a significant battle in clawing back the number of seats needed to govern after a pulping in the 2018 state election left the Liberals with only 21 out 88 seats in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, said polling had been “all over the place.”
“We’re quietly confident,” Mr Guy said at Serpell Primary School in Templestowe, in his electorate of Bulleen, on Saturday morning.
He said WA Premier Mark McGowan had won government from the “biggest margin ever” and said former Victorian Premiers Steve Bracks and Ted Baillieu had also won government against significant odds.
“We’re getting great reception on pre-poll and even on the day,” Mr Guy said, adding that he had “loved” campaigning across the state.
He also cautioned that early booth results may not reflect the final tally.
Mr Guy’s comments come as a Newspoll published by The Australian on Saturday showed Labor cruising to a third term, retaining 45-50 of their current 55 seats and leading the Liberal Party 54.5 to 45.5 on a two-party preferred basis.
The Premier told ABC radio on Saturday that “no deal” will be done with Greens or independents in the event of a hung parliament.
“My position has been clear on these matters for more than a decade. No deal will be offered and no deal will be done,” Mr Andrews said.
“It is a strong, stable Labor majority government that I want Victorians to vote for, so that we can have a bigger economy (and) more people in work,” he said.
As of Saturday, the betting markets strongly favoured a Labor victory.
According to TAB, Labour are paying $1.10, a Coalition victory is $7, while a Labor minority government is paying $3.50.
Originally published as Matthew Guy says he’s ‘quietly confident’ ahead of election