Two party preferred and primary vote
Which is more important?
Primary votes get barely a mention on this site. This is because it's not
particularly important in our preferential voting system as an indicator
of support. Nor is it how individual seats are won.
read more on preferential v first past the post
This is not to say parties don't need to watch their primary support - they
do. Without a decent primary vote candidates don't get into a position of having
preferences distributed to them. But we don't have first past the post voting in
Australia, we have preferential, so two candidate preferred is the one to look