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Australia’s Covid-Zero Strongman Predicted to Win State Election

  • Center-left Labor predicted to win over 45 seats in Victoria
  • Premier Andrews oversaw one of the world’s longest lockdowns
Daniel Andrews celebrates in his seat of Mulgrave on Nov. 26.

Daniel Andrews celebrates in his seat of Mulgrave on Nov. 26.

Photographer: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

One of the biggest advocates of Australia’s Covid lockdowns is set to be re-elected in the state of Victoria on Saturday, a vindication for the center-left Labor Party after a term dominated by controversy over its handling of the pandemic.

As of 9 p.m. Saturday local time, Premier Daniel Andrews’s party was projected to win more than 45 seats in the parliament of Australia’s second-largest state, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, giving him a governing majority for the next four years.