Shepparton News

Sheed in lead, but still wary

INDEPENDEN­T CANDIDATE SAYS RESULT ‘TOO EARLY TO CALL’

- By Thomas Moir

There might be 80 per cent of the vote counted, with early results pointing towards independen­t Suzanna Sheed being set to win the seat of Shepparton for the next four years.

But new lower house votes are unlikely to be counted during the next couple of days.

And Ms Sheed remains cautious in waiting for a final result, arguing the poll remains ‘‘too early to call’’.

‘‘The first preference­s have looked strong, (there’s) a swing towards me,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m very heartened by that.

‘‘It’s too early for anyone to call it, and preference­s are yet to be distribute­d.

‘‘I’m always very cautious, rather than nervous . . . and aware of possibilit­ies that exist.’’

When the News went to print yesterday, Ms Sheed had 39 per cent of first preference votes.

More than 83 per cent of votes have been counted, but the VEC told the News yesterday no new votes would be tallied today.

Ms Sheed leads Liberal candidate Cheryl Hammer, who has almost 27 per cent of the counted first preference votes.

The Nationals’ Peter Schwarz has about 5000 first preference votes — or 13 per cent.

IT’S TOO EARLY FOR ANYONE TO CALL IT, AND PREFERENCE­S ARE YET TO BE DISTRIBUTE­D. — SUZANNA SHEED

Labor candidate Bill Heath sits on 11.2 per cent of the first preference, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers’ Murray Willaton is on almost eight per cent, while the Greens’ Nickee Freeman has 2.1 per cent.

The two-candidate preferred votes for Ms Sheed and Ms Hammer are not yet available, due to an adjustment needed.

‘‘2CP results will be progressiv­ely updated as counting continues,’’ a statement on the VEC’s Shepparton results site read.

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