The ABC News Online is reporting the two Labor candidates have pulled out:
- Pascal Leahy in Ginninderra
- Rececca Cody in Brindabella
This brings the number of candidates on the ticket in each of those two electorates back to the numbers of seats up for grabs (i.e. 5 each).
I had heard from sources close to Ms. Cody that it was alleged that she vocally not happy with the support that the ALP was giving her (or not as was actually the case) and it is also alleged she had also been seriously contemplating pulling out of the race for a number of weeks now.
I think the final nail in the coffin for the ALP prompting the drop of the two candidates was when Antony Green pointed out in his Election Blog that by the ALP running more candidates than seats in a particular electorate the party would be slpit across multiple columns.
My belief is that by running too many candidates the ALP strategists believed that if Hargreaves or Stanhope were to later resign (within the forthcoming term) then there would be a geater chance of another ALP candidate back filling the vacancy through a count back. In reality on election day by having the ALP spread across two columns there was more of chance of the ALP vote being actually marginalised throgh “leakage” as a Labor supporter might number all the candidates in one of the two columns, but might not think to do so for both columns.