WHILE she isn't ready to call it yet, Sally Chandler is on the brink of becoming Tasmania's next Senator.
The international trade expert and Liberal staffer sits at No. 3 on the party's Senate ticket, and quickly touches wood and iron at the suggestion she's off to Canberra.
"Touching iron, ferro, is the tradition in Italy," she explains, where she's worked in trade.
The relatively unknown Ms Chandler is working the doors alongside other higher profile Liberal candidates during the campaign to boost her party's overall vote, which she hopes will translate to Senate votes and elect her.
Offered the opportunity to categorise herself as a moderate or conservative or part of a faction, Ms Chandler declines.
"I don't want to know about all that, I'm my own person, I don't like to be categorised."
Privately, Liberal sources are confident about her chances, expecting the Liberals to secure three Senate seats, leaving Labor Senator Lin Thorp and Greens Senator Whish-Wilson to fight out the last spot.
Greens party leaders were putting on a brave face after they were hit by a Liberal preferencing decision.
"This will only encourage people to get behind the Greens' campaign, and translate into more support and volunteers," leader Christine Milne said.
Former leader Bob Brown was also bullish on Senator Whish-Wilson's chances, saying he was confident the Greens would win in their own right.