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The career power politicians that are perilously close to losing their seats and their jobs 

Former prime minister Tony Abbott and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton are in danger of losing their seats as today’s federal election is predicted to come down to the wire.

Out of the 151 seats in the lower house, 77 seats are needed to be won to have a majority government, with a number of powerful politicians at risk of losing their seat. 

A recent Newspoll showed Labor leading the Coalition 51 to 49 per cent after preferences.  

But some of Australia’s best known politicians are facing the very real possibility that  they will lose their seats and their jobs tonight. 

Here Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the MPs fighting for their political lives.  

Peter Dutton – Dickson, QLD

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is at risk of losing the Queensland seat of Dickson, which includes northern suburbs of Brisbane and rural areas surrounding.

Mr Dutton has comfortably held the seat since 2001 but is sitting in front with a slim margin of just 1.7 per cent.    

If he loses to Labor, journalist and disability advocate Ali France will take the seat.

Following the leadership spill against Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Dutton’s popularity has dropped, and made even worse when he accused Ms France, who lost a leg in a car accident, of ‘using her disability as an excuse’ for not living in the electorate.

Dickson was targeted by Labor in the 2016 election, and momentum is gathering again.  

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) is at risk of losing the Queensland seat of Dickson

Former journalist and disability advocate who lost her leg in a car accident, Ali France (pictured), could take the seat over for Labor

Tony Abbott – Warringah, NSW

Voters in the wealthy beachside Sydney seat of Warringah will be on tenterhooks tonight as Tony Abbott attempts to retain the seat he has held for 25 years.

Barrister and former Olympic skier Zali Steggall has been running a tight campaign against the former prime minister. 

Warringah is  an electorate which is increasingly concerned with climate change and many have become disillusioned with Mr Abbott and the Liberal party. 

Abbott, who suffered a nine per cent primary vote swing against him in 2016, campaigned on a host of local issues including upgrades to walking tracks and surf lifesaving toilets in an electorate he’s represented for a quarter century.

Steggall is selling herself as a ‘sensible centre’ candidate in Warringah which has only ever been held by the Liberal party.

Voters in the wealthy beachside Sydney seat of Warringah will be on the edge of their seats to see if Tony Abbott (pictured) can retain the seat he has held for 25 years

Voters in the wealthy beachside Sydney seat of Warringah will be on the edge of their seats to see if Tony Abbott (pictured) can retain the seat he has held for 25 years

Voters in Warringah will be on the edge of their seats to see if Tony Abbott (left) can retain the seat he has held for 25 years against a challenge from barrister and former Olympic skier Zali Steggall (right)

Voters in Warringah will be on the edge of their seats to see if Tony Abbott (left) can retain the seat he has held for 25 years against a challenge from barrister and former Olympic skier Zali Steggall (right)

Kerryn Phelps – Wentworth, NSW

Independent Dr Kerryn Phelps pulled off an extraordinary win in last year’s Wentworth by-election, but the Coalition is hoping to regain the seat. 

Liberal candidate Dave Sharma vies to reverse the defeat he suffered in October.

The Liberals, who had never lost the seat, suffered a 19 per cent swing in the by-election when it was vacated by Malcolm Turnbull after he was deposed as prime minister.

Mr Sharma now sits 1.2 per cent behind Phelps on a two-party-preferred basis. 

Independent Dr Kerryn Phelps pulled off an extraordinary win in last year's Wentworth by-election, but the Coalition is hoping to regain the seat

Independent Dr Kerryn Phelps pulled off an extraordinary win in last year’s Wentworth by-election, but the Coalition is hoping to regain the seat

Liberal candidate Dave Sharma (left) vies to reverse the defeat he suffered in October's by-election against independent Dr Kerryn Phelps (middle). Labor's Tim Murray (right) is running again also

Liberal candidate Dave Sharma (left) vies to reverse the defeat he suffered in October’s by-election against independent Dr Kerryn Phelps (middle). Labor’s Tim Murray (right) is running again also

Greg Hunt – Flinders, VIC

The Health Minister will be facing a challenge for the Victorian seat of Flinders, covering the Mornington Peninsula.

Greg Hunt currently holds a 7 per cent margin but is facing a challenge from Julia Banks, a former Liberal MP turned independent candidate.  

During the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Hunt lost popularity among Liberal supporters for backing Mr Dutton.

Julia Banks had been a member of the Liberal party for Chisholm in Melbourne’s east, but quit the party over how it treated women.

Ms banks has focused her campaign on climate change and is looking to be a promising candidate for the area.  

Josh Sinclair, a Labor candidate, is also a contender for Flinders in what is looking to be a three-way battle.

The Victorian seat of Flinders, covering the Mornington Peninsula has only been held by Labor for three terms and is currently held by Liberal Health Minister Greg Hunt (pictured)

The Victorian seat of Flinders, covering the Mornington Peninsula has only been held by Labor for three terms and is currently held by Liberal Health Minister Greg Hunt (pictured)

Julia Banks (pictured) quit the Liberal party over how it treated women and is running as an independent

Julia Banks (pictured) quit the Liberal party over how it treated women and is running as an independent 

Ken Wyatt – Hasluck, WA

The seat of Hasluck, in Western Australia, is currently held by Liberal Party’s Ken Wyatt but he has a margin of just 2.1 per cent.

The Aged Care Minister is fighting to defend his seat, which has swung between Labor and Liberal since it was created in 2001.

He was recently hit badly by allegations of bullying in his office, with an investigation looking into the allegations.

Polls are showing Labor candidate James Martin is in with a strong chance to take over the seat.

The seat of Hasluck, in Western Australia, is currently held by Liberal Party's Ken Wyatt but he has a margin of just 2.1 per cent

The seat of Hasluck, in Western Australia, is currently held by Liberal Party’s Ken Wyatt but he has a margin of just 2.1 per cent 

Polls are showing Labor candidate James Martin (pictured) is in with a strong chance to take over the seat

Polls are showing Labor candidate James Martin (pictured) is in with a strong chance to take over the seat

Sussan Ley – Farrer, NSW

Former health minister Sussan Ley has held the regional NSW seat for almost 20 years, and enjoys a strong 20.5 per cent margin.

But the recent drought has brought popular support for an independent candidate who could take the seat.

State results indicate Ms Ley is under threat from two-term Albury mayor Kevin Mack.

In the past few weeks leading up to today’s poll, Mr Mack has managed to tighten opinion polls dramatically, attracting support of voters west of Farrer who deserted the National Party at the state election.    

Former health minister Sussan Ley (pictured) has held the regional NSW seat for almost 20 years, with a strong 20.5 per cent margin

Former health minister Sussan Ley (pictured) has held the regional NSW seat for almost 20 years, with a strong 20.5 per cent margin

State results indicate she is under threat from two-term Albury mayor Kevin Mack (pictured), who has built a strong campaign following the drought

State results indicate she is under threat from two-term Albury mayor Kevin Mack (pictured), who has built a strong campaign following the drought

Joshn Frydenberg – Kooyong, VIC

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has held the seat of Kooyony, in Victoria, since 2010 on what is believed to be a safe 12.8 per cent margin.

But he is being challenged by former boss of Clean Energy Finance Corporation Oliver Yates, who is running as an independent.

Targeting voters about the environment, he’s been a critic to the Liberal Party’s stance on climate change. 

The Greens also have a strong candidate in human rights activist Julian Burnside QC who has also campaigned on environmental issues.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has held the seat of Kooyony, in Victoria, since 2010 on what is believed to be a safe 12.8 per cent margin

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has held the seat of Kooyony, in Victoria, since 2010 on what is believed to be a safe 12.8 per cent margin 

The Greens also have a strong candidate in human rights activist Julian Burnside QC, also targeting the environment in his campaign

Former boss of Clean Energy Finance Corporation Oliver Yates is in the running as an independent

Former boss of Clean Energy Finance Corporation Oliver Yates (right) is in the running as an independent, while the Greens also have a strong candidate in human rights activist Julian Burnside QC (left)

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