POLITICAL loyalties run deep in the eastern Riverina.
The trends of how the election played out throughout southern NSW were quite uniform. However, those trends were, in many cases, more exaggerated in this region.
For instance 79.74 per cent of voters at Pleasant Hills supported Nationals member Michael McCormack. And in a two-candidate preferred count Mr McCormack earned 82.35 per cent of the vote.
A big thank you to Len Pietsch - aged 82 and a half - of Forbes who has been a staunch supporter of The Country Party and @The_Nationals for more than 60 years. Len handed out on Saturday for four hours and then scrutineered. It was great to catch up with Len at #Forbes today. pic.twitter.com/iLjZK8U378— Michael McCormack (@M_McCormackMP) May 19, 2019
A similar count played out at Lockhart where 69.69 per cent of voters supported Mr McCormack and in a two-candidate breakdown between the The Nationals and Labor the result was 77.87 per cent and 22.13 per cent respectively.
At The Rock the result was not quite as pronounced but the same trends could still be seen.
This polling booth recorded dominant support for The Nationals and a -4.80 swing from Labor.
Voters at Henty gave support to Sussan Ley who earned 58.25 per cent of the vote at this location. In a two-candidate preferred count she received 74.07 per cent and Independent candidate Kevin Mack had 25.93 per cent.
Ms Ley, the Farrer member since 2001 comfortably brushed off a challenge from Kevin Mack.
"I'm incredibly grateful, incredibly proud and incredibly happy that it appears we have retained the seat of Farrer," she said.
"Every vote does count ... the feeling is incredibly humbling." Mr Mack said a good campaign had been run in Farrer. The Farrer results were strong despite speculation in the lead up to the Federal Election that Ms Ley may lose the seat. Controversy surrounded the issue of water in the region.
Meanwhile, the popularity of the The Nationals in the Riverina continued on as tipped beforehand. Overall in the Riverina 60.17 per cent of the vote went to Mr McCormack and 23.30 per cent went to Labor's Mark Jefferson.
Mr McCormack thanked his staff, family, volunteers, supporters and the media. He said he wanted to continue to work hard for the people of the Riverina and the central west.