The northern suburbs swung heavily to Labor but results in the two key contests of Joondalup and the Liberal rising star Albert Jacob in Burns Beach were going down to the wire on early counting.
In Kingsley, Child Protection and Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell was also fighting for her life, trailing 49.1 per cent to Labor’s Jessica Storjovski 50.1 per cent on two-parry preferred with 71 per cent of the votes counted.
Labor claimed the scalp of Local Government Minister Paul Miles bellwether seat of Wanneroo.
Mr Jacob, the outgoing Environment Minister, and Joondalup MP Jan Norberger addressed Liberal faithful gathered at Wanneroo about 8.45pm to say the result was too close to call.
“However this shapes we’re both still optimistic we’re in this,” Mr Jacob said.
As of 9.15pm, Mr Jacob was behind Labor’s Mark Folkard 45.95 eper cent to 54.05 per cent on two party-preferred.
Mr Jacob’s potential defeat looms as a big blow, with a man touted as a future leader being unable to help a shattered Liberal Party rebuild.
Mr Norberger was behind 48.17 per cent to Labor’s Emily Hamilton 51.83 per cent with almost two-thirds of the vote counted.
The result was more clearcut in Wanneroo.
Mr Miles said he had worked hard to try to end Wanneroo’s status as a bellwether electorate but was unable to withstand the swing.
He said a multitude of reasons had added up to the Government’s defeat but admitted woes around Colin Barnett’s leadership had been a big factor although, he took a swipe against one time challenger Dean Nalder.
“I think it was a mistake not to change leader but however we didn’t have another leader at the time,” Mr Miles said.
“We had some people in the party who clearly felt they had bigger tyres than everybody else that had been pumped up by other people and they forgot that to be a leader of our party you actually have to get the votes of your colleagues onside, not the votes of wishful thinking people outside the party.”
Mr Miles was also critical of the party’s campaign.
“I think the campaign could have been better,” he said.
“I think most people want to know what you are going to do, not what you have done because everybody can see what you have done.”
Ms Winton was embraced by supporters as she arrived at Wanneroo Sports and Social Club about 8.30pm with her three daughters Kate, Emma and Meg.
The local teacher declared her victory in the seat of Wanneroo “a bit overwhelming” after 12 months of campaigning.
She said unemployment, particularly amongst young people, and job creation had been the biggest issue in the electorate by far in the lead-up polling day.
She believed her party’s plan for jobs had got her over the line.
“We’ve had a huge grassroots campaign,” she said.
“I’m just happy that Labor is back in Wanneroo.”
The 24-year political career of turncoat Liberal Rob Johnson has ended after upper house MP Peter Katsambanis claimed Hillarys.
Mr Johnson got just over 20 per cent of the primary vote. Mr Katsambanis had polled just under 40 per cent on primary vote and was leading Labor’s Teresa Ritchie 53.7 per cent to 46.3 per cent on the two-party preferred result.
Shadow attorney-general John Quigley was easily returned in Butler after enjoying a near 20 per cent swing to him.