• Tilley set to retain seat

    LIBERAL Party MP Bill Tilley looks set to retain Benambra although the seat now appears to be marginal after the performance of independent candidates Jacqui Hawkins and Jenny O’Connor.

    Mr Tilley holds 40.29 per cent of the primary vote after 80.80 per cent had been counted, ahead of Labor’s Mark Tait who has 17.61 per cent of first preference votes.

    However the efforts of Ms Hawkins (16.77 per cent) and Ms O’Connor (12.91 per cent) have contributed to an 8 per cent swing against Mr Tilley with the pair netting almost 30 per cent of primary votes.

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