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Queensland State Election: LNP likes chances in Ashgrove

Premier Campbell Newman at the Emerald Carrying Company in Emerald. . Photo: Renee MelidesQueensland Election: Full coverage

The LNP is growing increasingly confident Campbell Newman will hold his seat of Ashgrove.

While a recent poll has former Labor MP and minister Kate Jones as the preferred candidate, it also indicated that the voter perception was Mr Newman would win.

The government has spent more than $100 million shoring up the seat for the LNP, with Mr Newman promising an additional $18 million worth of commitments as part of the “Ashgrove Plan” on the first day of the LNP policy releases.

The high number of public servants who live within the electorate had given the LNP pause that it would lose the seat – and thereby it’s parliamentary leader – but sources say the party is growing more confident “every day” that Mr Newman will prevail.

“They have a choice between having the Premier and an opposition backbencher as their local member, that is the choice,” one party source told Fairfax Media.

“And people aren’t stupid. Especially in Ashgrove. They’ll go with who can get stuff done for them, so why would they vote him out?

“It will go like it did last time, steady and then a spike of support for him at the end.”

Ms Jones and Labor have shied away from running a public campaign, after the circus that descended upon the electorate in the 2012 election.

Instead, the Opposition has focused on running a strong grassroots campaign, largely away from the cameras.

Ms Jones will officially launch her campaign on Saturday.

Fifteen days remain until the election (from Friday).

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