Adelaide by-election, 1988

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A by-election was held for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Adelaide on 6 February 1988. This was triggered by the resignation of Labor Party MP Chris Hurford to become Australia's Consul-General in New York City.

The election was won by Liberal candidate Mike Pratt with an 8.4 percent two-party swing on a 1.9 percent margin, defeating Labor candidate Don Farrell.

The 1988 Port Adelaide by-election occurred just seven weeks later.

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Adelaide by-election, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Mike Pratt 26,777 44.4 +8.9
Labor Don Farrell 22,897 38.0 -10.9
Democrats Ian McLeish 7,097 11.8 +2.7
Independent Bronwyn Mewett 1,408 2.3 +2.3
National Bryan Stokes 1,000 1.7 -3.4
Independent Michael Brander 409 0.9 +0.9
Independent John Litten 367 0.6 +0.6
Unite Australia Dorothy McGregor-Dey 218 0.4 +0.4
Independent Peter Consandine 104 0.2 +0.2
Total formal votes 60,277 96.1
Informal votes 2,432 3.9
Turnout 62,709 88.0
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Mike Pratt 31,195 51.9 +8.4
Labor Don Farrell 28,967 48.2 -8.4
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +8.4

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