Entsch leading in Leichhardt

Warren Entsch looks certain to retain Leichhardt for LNP

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Veteran LNP representative Warren Entsch, who looks likely to reclaim the seat of Leichhardt, has said this term will be his last.

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Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.

Veteran LNP representative Warren Entsch, who looks likely to reclaim the seat of Leichhardt, has said this term will be his last.

At the close of counting on Saturday night, Mr Entsch, 68, had 37.5 per cent of first preferences while his nearest rival, the ALP's Elida Faith had 28.5pc.

The hopes of Katter's Australian Party leader Bob Katter for candidate Daniel McCarthy, saying on Friday that KAP votes were strong in the seat, evaporated on the night.

Mr McCarthy had polled 8.5pc of the vote, behind The Greens' Gary Oliver with 10.4pc.

However, KAP's vote in the seat was a 4.2pc increase on the 2016 federal election result.

Mr Entsch's vote declined 1.9pc, along with that of Pauline Hanson's One Nation candidate, Ross McDonald - that party's vote is down 1.68pc.

United Australia Party's Jen Sackley picked up 4.1pc of the vote and Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party had 2pc. The independent candidate Chad Anderson received 2.8pc of first preferences.

The Green vote was up 1.6pc on past elections and Mr Entsch said on Saturday night that of voting influences impacting the seat, the Greens had had a reasonable showing.

He said he'd never been concerned about any of the right-wing candidates siphoning votes away, describing them as "no-shows".

Related: Minor party preferences make Leichhardt close to call

Mr Entsch been a member of the House of Representatives for Leichhardt from 1996 to 2007, when he retired, and since 2010.

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