Crushing defeat: Nats win seat, but Coalition lose in landslide

PETER Walsh was returned as the member for Murray Plains on Saturday, a victory for the state National Party leader even as the state Coalition suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of Labor. 

The race for the seat of Mildura remained too close to call well into yesterday morning, with National Party MP and incumbent Peter Crisp neck and neck with independent Ali Cupper. 

A dejected Victorian Nationals Leader, Peter Walsh, as Coalition seats were lost on election night. Picture: CAITLIN McARTHUR

A dejected Victorian Nationals Leader, Peter Walsh, as Coalition seats were lost on election night. Picture: CAITLIN McARTHUR

Victory was called early in the evening for Labor, with a landslide vote restoring Daniel Andrews' party to government. 

With 67.2 per cent of the vote counted at 1.25pm yesterday, Labor had won 57 seats, needing only 45 to secure government. 

A total 21 seats had been won by the Coalition, with one to the Greens Party and two to independents. 

State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy conceded defeat just after 8.30pm on Saturday, offering his congratulations to Premier Daniel Andrews.

Mr Guy did not specify if he would remain party leader. 

Locally, supporters were out in force on Saturday, lobbying last-minute voters to back their preferred candidate. 

To read more of this story, grab a copy of the November 26 edition of The Guardian. 

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