Messages of congratulations have been flooding in for Wangaratta’s Tania Maxwell who is close to claiming a seat in the Victorian upper house.
But with 49.49 per cent of the vote counted, she says it is too early to pop the champagne just yet.
The ABC’s vote calculator has Ms Maxwell, the Northern Victoria candidate for the Derryn Hinch Justice Party, as the fourth of five members who would be elected to Parliament.
“I’m still waiting in anticipation because we’ve still got postal votes to go,” she said.
“I’m quietly confident.”
Ms Maxwell is one of four Justice Party candidates with a chance to get an upper house seat, based on votes counted so far.
She said it would be an amazing result if they could achieve those numbers.
“You’ve got more people to scrutinise the legislation in the upper house,” she said.
That work was reflected in strong votes from the Wangaratta booths.
“That restored my faith that being out there and being known may have played a part in me receiving those votes,” Ms Maxwell said.
The ABC also predicted wins for Labor’s Mark Gepp, Liberal Wendy Lovell, Liberal Democrat Tim Quilty and Labor’s Jaclyn Symes, just scraping in at fifth place.
Ms Symes quipped on Twitter that she was “calm” about the pending result, after she had been in a similar situation in 2014 before just being elected as the fifth member.
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