The bellwether tag lives on as the ABC reports Eden Monaro is going with government once again:
Labor’s Mike Kelly has conceded defeat in his New South Wales seat of Eden-Monaro.
Dr Kelly is trailing Liberal Party candidate Peter Hendy by just over 600 votes.
Dr Kelly has used Twitter to announce he will be conceding this morning, telling his followers “it’s over” and thanking them for their support.
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The outgoing minister for defence materiel has held the seat since 2007, after Kevin Rudd convinced him to contest the seat on the promise he would one day be defence minister in Mr Rudd’s cabinet.
It looked as though his popularity in the seat might prevent or ward off the swing nationwide against him.
To all my valued friends on twitter I'm sorry to have to say I will be conceding this morning. It's over. Thank you for your support.
— Mike Kelly MP (@MikeKellyMP) September 12, 2013