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Greens likely to beat Pauline Hanson for last seat in NSW upper house
Pauline Hanson - result in NSW Upper House may not be known for another week.
THE Greens are looking likely to pip former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson for the final upper house seat in the New South Wales Parliament, but voters are unlikely to know the result for another week.
Greens candidate Jeremy Buckingham has edged ahead of Ms Hanson with 0.4477 of a quota, compared to her 0.4113, with 88 per cent of the vote counted.
Labor, the third contender for the spot, was trailing on 0.291 of a quota.
The NSW Electoral Commission said the winner of the 21st and final seat being contested in the upper house would not be known until the full distribution of preferences on April 12.
But ABC election analyst Antony Green said Ms Hanson would find it hard to claw back the Greens' lead, despite none of the 'below the line votes' being counted.
"I find it hard to believe that below the line votes will change those numbers," he told AAP.
"I doubt Hanson will make that much ground up on below the line votes, or preferences would make that much difference.
"I think it is highly likely the Greens would win the seat."
There has been much finger pointing between Labor and the Greens over the possible election of Ms Hanson, whose chances of getting a spot in the upper house were written off before the March 26 poll. Yesterday, federal Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said the Greens' refusal to preference the ALP had put Ms Hanson in reach of victory.
"It is possible this week Pauline Hanson could be elected to the NSW upper house because of the failure of the Greens party to do a preference swapping deal with NSW Labor in the upper house," he told Sky News.