Australian Liberal candidate for Canning Andrew Hastie with his wife Ruth Hastie (left) holding their son Jonathan gives a speech after winning the Canning by-election at the Pinjarra Bowling Club Western Australia on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015.
Australian Liberal candidate for Canning Andrew Hastie with his wife Ruth Hastie (left) holding their son Jonathan gives a speech after winning the Canning by-election at the Pinjarra Bowling Club Western Australia on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015. AAP Image - Richard Wainwrigh

Abbott knifing helped Liberals in Canning by-election

POLITICAL analysts say Saturday's Canning by-election was a good outcome for both the Liberal and Labor parties.

With counting still continuing, the swing against the Liberals is estimated to be between 6 and 7 per cent, leaving the member-elect Andrew Hastie, a former SAS captain, with about 55 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.

The by-election was triggered by the death of popular sitting member Don Randall, who held the seat with a 11.8 per cent margin.

Polling conducted before Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott as Prime Minister last week suggested the swing against the Liberals could have been as high as 10 per cent.

But Crikey election analyst William Bowe said a 6 per cent swing was not a bad result for either side.

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