In a new paper I’m working on with Amy King, we say:
The closest Australian electoral race at a federal level was for the seat of Hawker (SA) in 1990, where the margin was 14 votes.
(Blair Trewin shows the distribution of preferences for that race.)
Are we wrong? If anyone knows of a federal electoral race that was decided by less than 14 votes, please letÂ us know. To be specific,Â we’re interested in the gap between the top two candidates, once all other preferences have been distributed.