Prime Minister Says State Election Polls Are Down To The Wire

Voters at the ballot boxes on election day in 2013. Photo: Getty/ Paul Kane

Polling booths in South Australia and Tasmania opened today, with a combined 1.36 million people casting their votes to decide on the next government in each ostate.

The elections, which Prime Minister Tony Abbott says will be tight, could see the Coalition hold power in all states and territories except the ACT.

Long-serving SA Premier Jay Weatherill is up against Liberal leader Steven Marshall who is trying to end 12 years of Labor rule, while in Tasmania, where Labor has been in power 16 years, Liberal opponent Will Hodgman ha, which close at 6pm.

Mr Abbott says he hopes the election will deliver state governments committed to cutting taxes and regulation.

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