Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott will be closely looking at how Barack Obama won the US election as they lock in their strategy for next year’s federal poll. It is not about winning the most votes as Kim Beazley found out the hard way in the 1998 GST election.
It is about winning enough votes in the right seats.
The key to Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was winning the battleground states, such as Ohio. Not by big margins but by enough. In Australia, it’s battleground seats that matter. Abbott’s focus is on specific seats in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. Gillard’s targets are in Queensland and Western Australia and to hold what she’s got in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. The focus will be on less than one-third of the 150 seats being contested.
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