REGION - The National's Andrew Broad is on track to retain the seat of Mallee, despite a swing of 14.5 percent away from the party last weekend.
Just on 88 percent of the vote had been counted, all of the first preference polling booths and 108 of the 110 two candidate preferred polling places when this story was posted.
Mr Broad said the Liberal's Chris Crewther was yet to call him to concede defeat, so he wasn't going to declare victory.
Mr Crewther said he realised he would need a 'miracle preference run' if he was to snatch the seat from the Nationals but wasn't prepared to give up the fight just yet.
"It is going to be very difficult, but you never know what could happen. As they say it's not over until the fat lady sings," he said.
The Liberal's picked up a swag of votes on the back of running a candidate in the electorate for the first time in 20 years.
Mr Broad said he would still fly to Canberra yesterday for the joint Coalition party room meeting.
"I still want the electorate to be on the front foot in the event I am confirmed as the member for Mallee," he said.
Mr Broad said regardless of the result he believed he had run a very good campaign.
"The Nationals are the best party for regional Australia and I tried to tell people that we were best placed to support people for the tough times ahead," he said.
"I never asked people to vote for me. I was just all about getting about the electorate telling people this is who I am, this is what I stand for and this is what we can do.
"Country people are very capable of thinking for themselves."
And it appears they did with Mr Crewther picking up 27 percent of first preference votes last weekend.
The Greens have suffered with a five percent swing away from its party on first preferences and Labor's vote fell by 3.5 percent.
Debuting a candidate in the electorate for the first time Palmer United Party has a three percent share of first preference votes, Katter's Australia Party almost four percent and The Sex Party 2.5 percent.
"It was always going to be a tough fight, but to be everything we can be, we need a strong advocate to get the good outcomes," Mr Broad said.
Mr Crewther said he believed he ran an honest campaign and fought as hard as he could
"No matter who wins, it just shows this seat and the people of Mallee can't be taken for granted."