Nationals’ position strengthened in Gippsland

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NATIONALS incumbent, Gippsland MHR Darren Chester, has received a swing of almost five per cent in two candidate preferred voting.

As of Thursday morning, with almost 84 per cent of the vote counted, Mr Chester had received 66.37 per cent of the two candidate preferred votes, with Labor’s Jeff McNeill on 33.63 per cent.

The results saw Mr Chester increase his two candidate preferred vote by 4.92 per cent from the 2010 election, further strengthening Gippsland as a safe Nationals seat.

Mr Chester received 45,176 primary votes, or 54.37 per cent, compared to 19,116, or 23 per cent, for Mr McNeill.

Voters in most polling places in the Gippsland electorate supported Mr Chester, with booths around Morwell and Churchill exceptions.

The next best was the Greens’ Scott Campbell Smith on 4493 (5.42 per cent).

The Liberal Democrats’ Ben Buckley received 4104 (4.95 per cent), Palmer United’s Deb Gravenall 3633 (4.38).

Secular Party candidate Mark Guerin received the lowest primary vote of the 11 candidates with 187, or 0.23 per cent.