New poll shows Liberal Jason Falinski on edge of losing Mackellar to Sophie Scamps

The Liberal Party is facing a new headache in the previously safe seat of Mackellar, with independent candidate Sophie Scamps releasing a poll showing her neck-and-neck with sitting MP Jason Falinski.

The poll, conducted by UComms for the Scamps campaign, showed her polling 31 per cent of the primary vote, just one point behind Falinski.

A statement from Scamps’ campaign said a “strong majority of preferences” were being directed in her direction.

Sophie Scamps is a local GP and former Olympian running as a ‘teal independent’. (Nick Moir)

Labor is polling at 15 per cent and the Greens at nearly nine per cent.

The campaign says the poll shows momentum for Scamps, gaining seven points in primary support since a poll last month.

The seat, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, has been held by the Liberal Party since its inception in 1949.

Jason Falinski has held the seat of Mackellar since 2016.
Jason Falinski has held the seat of Mackellar since 2016. (Christopher Pearce)

Mackellar stretches from Dee Why and Frenchs Forest up to Palm Beach.

While the seat has drawn less national attention than others with the so-called “teal independents” running, Scamps has built up a strong local profile.

The Narrabeen GP and 1992 Olympic athlete is running a campaign focused on climate action.

The Coalition is facing a serious challenge in seats that have been considered in the bag for the Liberals for generations, thanks to high-profile independents.

Sophie Scamps has focused her campaign around climate issues.
Sophie Scamps has focused her campaign around climate issues. (Nick Moir)

The seats include Wentworth, North Sydney, Kooyong and Hughes.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison decried the independents running in Liberal seats.

“If they won’t tell you how they would vote, how could you vote for them,” he said.

“We’ve seen the weakness in the leadership of the Labor Party. Can you imagine having to go to that chorus of independents, the Greens, and everyone else, I mean, they’re weak enough as it is.”

Morrison has done little campaigning in the seats facing independent challengers.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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