Donato clinches Orange victory by 50 votes after recount

November 21, 2016 Comments Off

By Katherine Ernst

PHIL Donato has expressed relief after finally being declared the new member of parliament for the electorate of Orange after a gruelling nine-day vote count following the by-election on November 12.

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate went into the polling booths as an outsider, but was able to upset Nationals candidate Scott Barrett by the bare margin of just 50 votes – the first time the Nationals have been beaten forthe seat since 1947.

“It is a great relief,” Donato said.

“I am deeply humbled and thankful to all the people who voted for me and supported me.

“The emotional rollercoaster we Read full article


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