UPDATE at 4:20 PM | ANTHONY Albanese looks likely to be elected unopposed as the new Labor leader after challenger Chris Bowen pulled out of the race.
Mr Bowen withdrew on Wednesday afternoon, once it became clear Mr Albanese had overwhelming support to replace Bill Shorten as leader.
“I have reached the view that it would be unlikely for me to win the ballot,” Mr Bowen told reporters in Sydney.
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FIRST at 3:00 PM | at ANTHONY Albanese could soon be elected unopposed as Labor leader, with challenger Chris Bowen reportedly preparing to pull out of the race.
Several news outlets are reporting Mr Bowen, who only declared his hand on Tuesday, is likely to withdraw when he fronts the media in Sydney at 3.45pm on Wednesday.
Unless another contender emerges, Mr Albanese will avoid a leadership ballot, with Queenslander Jim Chalmers potentially taking the deputy leadership.
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