La­bor wins state poll

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La­bor will gov­ern Vic­to­ria for the next four years af­ter an em­phatic win in Satur­day’s state elec­tion.

While vote count­ing is still to be fi­nalised, as of Mon­day morn­ing, the in­cum­bent An­drews Gov­ern­ment looks likely to win 55 seats com­pared to 22 for the Lib­er­als and six for the Na­tion­als.

In­de­pen­dent Suzanna Sheed is ex­pected to hold onto the seat of Shep­par­ton, with a 3.5 per cent swing in her favour.

De­spite be­ing un­likely to over­take Ms Sheed, Shep­par­ton’s Lib­eral can­di­date Cheryl Ham­mer was one of the few high­lights for her party, polling strongly and buck­ing the statewide swing against the Lib­er­als.

Na­tion­als in­cum­bents Peter Walsh and Steph Ryan will both re­tain their re­spec­tive seats of Mur­ray Plains and Euroa, as will fel­low Na­tional Tim McCurdy in Ovens Val­ley.

In Eil­don, Lib­eral’s Cindy McLeish looks likely to con­tinue to rep­re­sent that elec­torate, de­spite her party’s over­all form, while La­bor’s Jac­inta Allen is set for a boost of 6.9 per cent in the seat of Bendigo East.

In the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil, Mark Gepp (La­bor), Wendy Lovell (Lib­eral) and Ja­clyn Symes (La­bor) are set to re­tain their seats, while the Na­tion­als’ Luke O’Sul­li­van and the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers’ Daniel Young are likely to lose their po­si­tions to Lib­eral Demo­crat Tim Quilty and Ta­nia Ma­ree Maxwell, from the Der­ryn Hinch Jus­tice Party.

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