CATHY McGowan has so far won 38 polling booths of a possible 103 across the Indi electorate, on a two candidate preferred basis.
The independent has benefited from winning over the cities of Wodonga and Wangaratta and is ahead in the two Benalla booths combined.
Sophie Mirabella’s votes so far have come from many smaller booths.
Ms McGowan has won every Wodonga booth — including Wodonga Senior Secondary College, where Liberal Party supporters plastered anti-independent signs on Friday night from about 7pm and even camped out to stop them from being torn down.
Ms McGowan had 1424 votes to Mrs Mirabella’s 1004.
She also won every Wangaratta booth, including Wangaratta TAFE, scene of another election day drama with reports Mrs Mirabella was ordered to take down signs that were too close to polling booth entrances, though the Australian Electoral Commission has disputed this.
Here, Ms McGowan won 59.93 per cent of the vote (724 votes) to Mrs Mirabella’s 40.07 per cent (484 votes).
The independent won Beechworth — 69.65 per cent to 30.35 — and her home booth of Barnawartha (342 votes to 254).
Mrs Mirabella easily took out some of the larger booths elsewhere in the electorate, including Mansfield (1087 votes to 835) and Alexandra (815 votes to 519).
She has also won many of the smaller booths and mid-sized booths such as Bright, Corryong and Tangambalanga.
Mrs Mirabella is expected to benefit highly from postal votes.