Tilley in for fourth term
Local Liberal Party member Bill Tilley is in the box seat to win the north-east seat of Benambra – an electorate that has been in the control of liberals since 1976.
Of the 80.8 per cent of votes that were counted by Monday, Tilley, who is set to serve his fourth term after being voted in since the 2006 election, has reeled in 40.29 per cent of primary votes.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Mr Tilley and, after a strong showing from this year’s independent candidates, he received more than 14 per cent less votes than the last election in 2014.
With the majority of primary votes counted, independent Jacqui Hawkins has received 16.77 per cent of first preference votes, while fellow independent and former Indigo Shire Mayor Jenny O’Connor had 12.91 per cent of votes in her favour.
Australia Labor Party’s Mark Tait received 17.62 per cent of votes according to the primary figures released on Monday night.
As the results are in accordance to the Victorian Electoral Commission, they are only provisional.
In the two-candidate preferred vote, Mr Tilley is ahead of Mr Tait with 59.27 per cent of the vote.
As of the 80.8 per cent of primary votes counted on Monday, Chiltern (317 of 838), Rutherglen (491 of 1,273) and Wahgunyah (263 of 695) were all firmly in favour of Liberal.
In Chiltern, however, and while Mark Tait was the common second preferred choice among most towns, the 23.5 per cent of votes for independents Ms Hawkins and Ms O’Connor out-polled Labor’s 19.7.
Bill Tilley looks certain to retain the Benambra seat.