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Griffith retained by Labor

Image uploaded to Facebook by Terri Butler's campaign team congratulating Labor on the win.
Image uploaded to Facebook by Terri Butler's campaign team congratulating Labor on the win. Facebook

LABOR has retained Kevin Rudd's former Brisbane seat of Griffith in a by-election result that tracks closely the outcome of last September's general election.

Labor's Terri Butler claimed victory last night after the counting pointed to a 52.3% two-party preferred majority, just below Mr Rudd's 53% at the last Federal election.

On the primary vote, the swing against Labor was 1.78%.

LNP Senator George Brandis hailed the vote as a success for the LNP because of the small swing towards the coalition on both the primary and two-party preferred result.

Labor attributed the slight swing against it to a lower voter turnout at the by-election, believing it hurt the party in traditional Labor areas of the electorate, such as Greenslopes.

It had been a reserved campaign from Ms Butler, while her LNP opponent blanketed the electorate with billboards and corflutes.

In her victory speech, Ms Butler thanked Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for playing such a prominent role in her campaign.

The Greens earned just over 10% of the primary vote, line ball with last September.

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