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Graham Quirk’s lord mayoralty on a knife-edge: poll

Kim Stephens reports in the Brisbane Times (13.3.16) on indications that the contest to be Brisbane’s Lord Mayor is extremely tight, as the city council election campaign enters its final week.

‘Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s 31 year local government tenure could be about to come to an end, with a new poll showing the LNP incumbent has the slimmest of margins over his Labor rival.

‘A ReachTel poll commissioned by News Corp showed support for Cr Quirk had nosedived since the 2012 election, when he won 61.9 per cent of the primary vote.

‘The latest poll, conducted on Thursday evening with 1116 Brisbane City Council residents, showed his primary support had plummeted to just 42.6 per cent.

‘After preferences, Cr Quirk had 52 per cent of the vote, just four percentage points more than Labor rival Rod Harding on 48 per cent.’

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