Labor’s Kristy McBain has taken Eden-Monaro after a tight race to the finish line in Saturday’s by-election, declaring victory on Sunday afternoon.
The Liberal candidate, Fiona Kotvojs, won the most first-preference votes, but with the help of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party, Ms McBain emerged the victor nearly 20 hours after the polls closed.
She has just 1,335 more votes than Ms Kotvojs.
Speaking on ABC’s Insiders, Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon called the result an “ugly win,” but a “win just the same.”
Postal votes are still being counted, and the Australian Electoral Commission is not expected to announce a final result until later this week.
A spokesperson for the AEC told NCA NewsWire Ms McBain would not be elected until the remaining 7-8000 postal votes had been returned and counted, but these were not expected to have too big of an impact on the result.
“Postal votes typically hold true to the margin,” he said.
The by-election marks the first time Eden-Monaro has elected a female MP since Federation in 1901.