NSW Labor leader Chris Minns was all smiles at this Strathfield polling place

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns was all smiles at this Strathfield polling place.

Mr. Perrottet has only been in charge of the state for four months, having risen to power following Gladys Berejiklian’s surprise departure, which occurred amid a corruption investigation into her ex-boyfriend.

In four NSW by-elections, polls have closed and counting has commenced, posing an early litmus test for Premier Dominic Perrottet’s leadership.

Ms. Berejiklian’s previous seat of Willoughby on Sydney’s north shore, as well as the inner-west electorate of Strathfield, are up for grabs tonight.

However, the majority of the action is expected to take place in regional areas, where Labor is vying for the first time for the seat of Bega.

“We’re not going to have a result tonight, I don’t believe we will have a result tonight; I think there’s too many postal votes and that will delay the announcement of the poll,” he said.

Andrew Constance, a former NSW transport minister, resigned from the legislature last year to pursue a federal political career.

With his personal popularity no longer a factor, Labor is enthusiastic about bringing in Bega’s 6.9% margin and turning it red.

Meanwhile, voters in former deputy premier John Barilaro’s district of Monaro will go to the polls. The Nationals have a comfortable lead of about 12% in the electorate, which they are expected to keep tonight.

Willoughby is almost set to stay in the hands of the Liberals. During her nearly two decades as the local MP, Ms Berejiklian created a significant 21 percent margin, which the administration expects to be diminished tonight.

Labor isn’t nominating a candidate in the seat, thus Larissa Penn, an independent, is expected to be the major challenger to Tim James of the Liberals.

They’ll need a swing of more than 5% to do this, which is regarded unlikely. Thousands of people have voted early at pre-poll centers and by postal ballots across the four electorates.

Meanwhile, Bridget Sakr, a well-known Liberal candidate, is attempting to reclaim the Strathfield seat from Labor for the first time since 2015.

While pre-poll ballots are anticipated to be counted tonight, postal votes will not be opened until the next weekend, delaying the announcement of a result until later this month. The large number of postal ballots, according to Mr Constance, will be crucial.

In Bega, about half of registered voters cast ballots before polling day, but in the other three seats, the figure was around 40%.

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