Mike Symon is realistic when it comes to his chances of holding onto the marginal Victorian seat of Deakin.
Labor holds Australia's second most marginal seat by just 0.6 per cent and Mr Symon knows that almost every second voter he meets while out campaigning won't be voting for him on September 7.
But he hopes that it won't quite be every second voter and he will just get over the line.
Mr Symon has held the seat for six years after taking it from Liberal Phil Barresi in the 2007 Ruddslide.
If the polls are correct Mr Symon will lose his seat as Mr Rudd loses the prime ministership.
Before 2007 Labor had held the seat just once, winning it when Bob Hawke swept to power in 1983 and holding it for one year.
Deakin takes in outer-eastern suburbs like Mitcham, Nunawading and Ringwood where job security is one of the big issues according to Liberal candidate Michael Sukkar.
"Even people that I would expect to be reasonably secure in their jobs, highly skilled people who have been with the one employer for a long time, are feeling quite insecure and (those fears) are being led by either redundancies at their organisation or people being asked to work part time as opposed to full time," he told AAP.
"That's been a hit on confidence in the area."
Mr Sukkar, who has been campaigning for the past 14 months, said the disfunction of the last parliament and the government's performance are also concerning voters.
"As we get towards the run home a lot of people remark that they are really, really looking forward to having their say on election day because they feel as though their wishes haven't necessarily been represented in the last few years," he said.
On the streets of Mitcham voters are unimpressed with both major parties.
People talk of voting for an independent or voting informal.
Mitcham mother and teacher Kate Lafferty said she does not want to waste her vote, but feels there is no one to vote for.
"I would never vote for Tony Abbott, he's a sexist fool," she told AAP.
"If anyone I would vote Labor simply because of their education policy."
Traditional Labor voter Bill Jackson said he is unhappy with the current government.
"A lot of things haven't been followed through properly and the money has been wasted instead of put to better use," he said.
But Mr Symon said Labor still has a lot to offer.
Deakin is home to a lot of school children and Mr Symon says Labor's Better Schools plan is a winner among voters.
Mr Symon says the seat is always close and expects nothing else at this election.
"You always try and do what you can do locally, but we are also relying on what is happening nationally," he said.
"Being in a seat where everything is so close almost every second person you meet is actually going to end up voting the other way. Hopefully not every second one, but almost every second one."
Mr Sukkar says his camp is optimistic, but not over confident.