Education Minister Dan Tehan has retained the Liberal safe seat of Wannon, contributing to a nationwide coalition win.
Labor candidate Maurice Billi admitted defeat exclusively to AC News just after 9pm, congratulating Mr Tehan on his win.
“I’ve really enjoyed the campaign and met so many amazing people,” Billi said.
“All the best to Dan and his team for the future.”
This morning Mr Tehan is leading the two candidate prefered count by 60.51% – or 53,062 votes – to Maurice Billi’s 39.49%.
Tehan had just over half of the first preference votes (51.28%), followed by Maurice Billi’s 26.24% and Independent Alex Dyson (10.43%).
” To everyone in Wannon- thank you.,” Tehan said.
“Wannon is a wonderful place, defined by its many great communities and people. I am honoured to represent you for another term.”
“I am looking forward to continuing to work hard delivering services and projects across the entire electorate.”
“I would also like to congratulate my opponents on their campaigns.”
A large number of postal votes are still to be counted and won’t be until Tuesday.
Dan Tehan was in his hometown of Hamilton on election night with family and friends.
Wannon Two Candidate Preferred
Based on projected TCP, a calculation of expected results should the swing continue at its current rate. It is determined by applying the current swing in each seat against the results at the last federal election for polling places yet to be counted.
Wannon First Preference
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