Wait for new Tasmanian Labor leader

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The next leader of Tasmania's Labor opposition won't be known for at least three weeks.

Former deputy David O'Byrne and Braddon MP Shane Broad are in the running for the role after Rebecca White stepped down following Labor's third straight election loss.

A vote of rank-and-file members and party delegates will be held to determine a new leader.

Labor state secretary Stuart Benson says the ballot will be open to members until June 15 and gives them a "genuine choice" about the party's future.

"Party members will be able to engage directly with the leadership candidates," he told media on Monday.

Labor experienced a 4.4 per cent swing against it at the May 1 poll, retaining nine seats in Tasmania's 25-member lower house.

The party's election campaign was marred by infighting which spilled over publicly.

Dean Winter, who was elected in the southern electorate of Franklin, was initially blocked from running as a candidate by Labor's left faction before the decision was overturned following a national intervention.

Earlier in the campaign, state party president Ben McGregor was forced to resign as a candidate after it was revealed he sent "inappropriate" text messages to a woman.

Since the loss, Mr Broad has lashed left-leaning Labor powerbrokers, saying the party must move back to the political centre to win power.

Ms White stood down as leader on May 15 after earlier indicating she was keen to stay on. She will remain an MP in the electorate of Lyons.

Mr O'Byrne, who served as deputy under Ms White, is considered the favourite to claim the leadership.

The Liberals' third election win in a row was the first time the party had achieved the feat in Tasmania.

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