It's looking a little grim but Little Johnnie ain't going down without a fight.
There's even a last minute post on You Tube from Australia's best Prime Minister in decades.
Already the tributes are pouring in, even if they have a somewhat funeral feel about them.
Fran O'Sullivan in today's Weekend Herald calls Howard the 'best PM New Zealand never had.'
Audrey Young blogs today saying Howard has been looking 'indominatable' these past few days, while Rudd looks and sounds like a robot.
However, the polls are closing, with both Galaxy and Newspoll showing there are just four points between Howard's Coalition and Rudd's Labor Party.
Thus, lefty celebration's might be somewhat premature, with echoes of a similar poll in the 1969 when Labor was supposed to win, but they were kept out by a last minute tide of public opinion.
I'm not going to predict this will happen, much as I want a Howard victory. All I will say, is I think it will be close.
When I was in Australia early this year, Kevin Rudd came across as an ordinary sort, hardly threatening. A younger version of John Howard even. I detected a feeling from many it was time to move on, even if Howard and his treasurer Costello had delivered unprecedented prosperity.
Their economic record is perhaps their downfall. People feel they can 'afford' Labour, they can take the risk, take the gamble and roll the dice.
Of course, Rudd has sought to minimise the risk with a raft of 'me-too' measures like taxcuts as big as those proposed by the coalition. Howard has responded with various pork barrel spending initiatives.
No wonder, Liberty Scott is nonpplussed by the election, seeing nothing there for believers of a smaller state as both try and buy their way to power using taxpayers' money.
There is not the ideological divide we see here and while Rudd has been dishonest over his upbringing, his party is still dominated by the unions and his deputy Julia Gillard comes across as a hard lefty, Rudd has not sought to frighten the horses.
Whether the reality of a Labor government will be frightening remains to be seen. At least it will show our own Dear Leader that people do tire of leader after a while regardless of how successful they have been at delivering prosperity- not that I'm saying NZ Labour has delivered any. Perhaps she too might be praying for a Howard victory. But if she truly wants one, why doesn't she fly over to Queensland and lend Kevin Rudd a bit of last-minute support.
In the meantime, see how the Australian party animals are preparing for their election parties. But what if Howard delivers that 1969-style last minute upset?
UPDATE2: Fortress Australia warns the effects of a Rudd victory will be 'significant.'
UPDATE3: Aurora at the Midnight Sun tips a Howard win, highlights the media support for Rudd, notes the union influence, and wall-to-wall Labor control of the states.