In a comment earlier, I promised to determine a "transition matrix" for BTL votes. Using imperfect data, I have done so.
Critical count 1: AJP vs HEMP
If AJP beat HEMP at this stage, GRN/SPORT is effectively locked in.
However, the HEMP lead has shot up to 884 votes. This means that an ALP/PUP outcome is possible
Critical count 2: Shooters vs Christians
If HEMP wins Critical count 1 and if SFP beats the Christians, then ALP/PUP is very likely. Otherwise, GRN/SPORT is very likely.
Ignoring BTL votes from excluded parties, the Christians currently hold a lead of 61 votes (compared to ABC calculator votes of trailing by 352). This means, on ticket and inter-party BTL transfers, GRN/SPORT is slightly ahead, and this is in opposition to the ABC Calculator.
Critical count 3: LDP vs PUP
I previously raised the importance of this stage of elimination and predicted that the calculator margin in this count would reduce. Although assuming all votes as tickets results in a paper thin PUP lead of 362 votes, it is my estimate that PUP actually leads by a highly significant 1662 votes.
Hypothetically, if LDP was to catch PUP, they'd beat PUP to the final spot (and ALP would also be elected)
Critical count 4: ALP vs GRN
There has been some speculation that the GRN candidate could actually overtake the ALP candidate, resulting in an outside chance of a PUP/GRN election. However, I find this highly unlikely. Unfortunately, I have yet to quantify this... yet.
BTL votes - how will these affect CC2?
From the Tasmanian Senate election, of all the eliminations where SFP and Christians were competing for votes, the Shooters out-polled the Christians by a convincing margin of 158 to 75. That is, the Shooters picked up more than double the BTL leakage of the Christians. But, there were a few special circumstances that let this happen:
- There were three religious parties in Tasmania continuing who were competing with Christians for votes - FF, RUA, DLP.
- There were no other parties competing for the recreational right vote in Tasmania
(On the contrary, however, there are probably more christians and less shooters in Tas than in WA).
This situation is reversed in WA, where the Sports Party is competing with the SFP for a similar voter disposition, whereas there are no other religious parties in contention by the time of CC2.
But qualitatively, the "Christians" Party brand is much weaker than the other established brands such as DLP and FF. Also, the Shooters and Fishers Party is a leading brand of recreational right support.
Assessment of BTLs: Preferences will flow more strongly to Shooters than to Christians. This means the Christians will likely require a lead in order to overcome BTL leakage. This leakage may be worth up to 5% (~400 votes) of total BTL votes distributed to this point.
Experimental approach (highly geeky... read on with caution...)
Using published data from the Tas Senate count, I have
I won't bore you with the details of transition matrices - look it up on wikipedia if you desire. Essentially, a transition matrix defines the probability of a change in state from one category to another. Each column in a transition matrix sums to 1. It is intuitive to apply this methodology to BTL votes.
The 6x6 transition matrix " T " I have estimated is as follows:
For example, the likelihood of a BTL vote going from a Left party to Labor is 12%. The probability of a vote going from the Liberal Party to a Central party is 20%.
Let N be the 6x1 matrix of BTL votes of excluded parties when broken down by ideology. It therefore follows that TN=V, where V is the outcome of multiple distributions of preferences.
In the WA example,
N = 658
Undertaking this matrix multiplication leads to the following:
V = 1357
This means, an additional 919 votes will flow to religious parties and 799 votes to Right parties. Given in our situation two right parties remain, this model, when applied alone, implies that the Christians will actually benefit from a net gain over the
Christians shooters of 919 - 799/2 = 519 votes.
However, this is significantly in opposition to my gut feel as outlined above. I will further refine this matrix, and perhaps a slimmed down transition matrix, over the coming days.
Overall WA assessment: Ridiculously close - at this stage I estimate the margin will be within a few hundred votes.