ALBURY mayor Kevin Mack's popularity at the most recent local government elections couldn't be replicated at his first tilt at federal politics.
Mr Mack's high vote in the 2016 council election enabled him to have two other ticket members, John Stuchbery and Murray King, join him, but across the 13 booths in his hometown he was shunned by voters.
Liberal Sussan Ley completed a clean-sweep of booths with the biggest victory on primary votes coming at the Albury prepoll centre where she defeated Mr Mack 6611 to 3351.
In many cases Ms Ley went close to or did double Mr Mack's primary vote with the two Thurgoona booths a case in point.
Mr Mack congratulated Ms Ley on her victory yesterday.
"We definitely brought the spotlight to Farrer, and I am proud of what our small team has been able to achieve," he said.
"We gave it our best shot, but now I will concentrate on returning to my role as Albury mayor.
"I will continue to do all I can working with council to deliver on projects to make our great city of Albury an even better place to live and work."
An immediate priority will be a start on the major works associated with the Lavington Sportsground redevelopment with the project dragged into the election campaign following the collapse of the contractor appointed to complete the initial stage and associated financial fallout to local sub-contractors.