No sooner have the democracy sausages cooled from May's Federal election, as Victorians return to the polling booths today - this time, to decide upon the 60th state parliament and the fundamental question:
Dan or Matt as premier.
Only one year ago, as Melburnians clamoured out from the longest lockdowns in the world, many pundits saw the writing on the wall for sitting Labor premier, Dan Andrews. 'It should be a Liberal walkover,' was the sentiment held by many, commentators and voters alike.
Add to that, the riots over harsh restrictions of said lockdowns, Victoria having experienced the highest COVID death toll anywhere in the country, the infamous red shirts scandal, a joint IBAC inquiry, and a health system in tatters; it seemed this campaign might just be a slam dunk for the Libs.
Yet, with more political lives than a cat, Andrews is now tipped to seize power once more for a third term, which would see him supersede John Cain Jr as Victorian's longest-serving premier.
A voting public with a short memory? Stockholm Syndrome?, some commentators have suggested to the right.
While there are those who sit poised to send 'Dictator Dan' into damnation, Andrews has simultaneously garnered favour with others; his steamroll approach praised as 'strong' and 'resolute' by many Victorians.
It has stood in contrast to his contender for the leadership - Matt Guy - who has struggled to present with such robust fortitude as a desirable alternative government.
Further, the moderate stance of Guy has often been overshadowed by infighting and the ultra-conservative religious elements within his party.