CANBERRA - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was poised to win a leadership vote against rival Kevin Rudd on Monday despite polls showing a government under her leadership would be decimated at the next elections due by late 2013.
Gillard said she was confident she would win the prime ministerial showdown against Rudd and hoped the result would end months of bitter leadership infighting within the ruling Labor Party and give the government time to reconnect with voters.
Rudd supporters also acknowledged Gillard was likely to win the leadership vote despite polls showing Labor had a better chance of an election victory under Rudd.
"Public indications suggest that Julia Gillard will win," key Rudd backer Resources Minister Martin Ferguson said on Sunday, warning the government faced an election rout and could lose up to 25 seats of its 72 lower house seats under Gillard.
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