THE booths are still open and the count is hours off yet, but Ballina Labor candidate Paul Spooner says he can already smell a swing in the air.

Speaking outside the Suffolk Park polling booth with Labor volunteer and first-time voter David Kripner, 18, Mr Spooner said he expected a tight vote in the electorate, but win or lose, there was a good chance the region would host the biggest swing against the Nationals on the North Coast.

Mr Kripner said people coming to vote were saying they did not want coal seam gas and they wanted a new community voice for the region.


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