Durack was never pegged as a seat to watch on election night, but a surprise swing to Labor has seen the electorate poised to become a marginal seat with bargaining power for the first time. As of 10am on Tuesday, Liberal MP Melissa Price had secured 53.46 per cent of the two-candidate preferred vote against Labor’s Jeremiah Riley’s 46.54 per cent. So far, there’s been a more than 10 per cent swing to Labor in Durack. Ms Price polled well in the Mid West and in communities newly added to the electorate north of Perth such as Gingin, York and Northam. But she lost support in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, with Labor winning Broome, Fitzroy Crossing and Derby. Former Geraldton MP Ian Blayney has secured 10.46 per cent of first-preference votes for The Nationals. Support was also strong for the Greens and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, with candidates Bianca McNeair and Brenton Johannsen winning 8.98 per cent and 6.76 per cent of the first-preference count, respectively. One of the more bizarre moments of the campaign was when Ms Price claimed few constituents had raised cost-of-living concerns with her leading up the election. “People aren’t talking to me about the cost of living,” she said on election day. “I think people appreciate that in our last Budget that we have given people some assistance. “I have no doubt there are some people who are experiencing cost-of-living pressures . . . but by and large people are feeling hopeful about the future.” This is despite the electorate — the second biggest in the world which stretches from Kununurra to the outskirts of Perth — housing some of the most impoverished communities in the State. Mr Riley did not know why Ms Price made those comments. “Living in the north of the State people have always had a higher cost of living and struggled a bit more, but it to say it isn’t an issue raised by voters — I don’t know why she would say that,” he said. Mr Riley said childcare accessibility and cost of living were the two biggest issues for voters in Durack. While he did not reveal his post-election plans, Mr Riley said he would not rule out having “another crack” at campaigning for Durack. “It’s hard to say where I’ll be in three years time, but I think we came so close that we definitely need another crack. “Durack is normally a safe Liberal seat, so I think to get within that margin is really encouraging,” he said. Ms Price said it would be no easy feat to advocate for Durack if she no longer has the ear of the prime minister. Her previous nine years in Federal politics has been spent in government. With her experience, the former minister for defence industry could arguably take up a key role in a Liberal shadow Cabinet. “All that I can do is use what I have got in my two hands and work as hard as I can and make sure. . . that those people’s interests are raised in the best way that I can find a way of doing that when I am in opposition,” she said.