REGION - The Liberal's Dan Tehan has been elected overwhelmingly to represent the Wannon electorate for another three years.
The Coalition swept to power on Saturday night and looks likely to hold at least a 30 seat majority in the House of Representatives.
Mr Tehan has polled over 50 percent of the vote in Wannon both before and after preference allocation giving him a clear win.
He said he was very pleased and humbled by the result which indicates a swing of four percent.
"I just want to thank the people of the Wannon, who have placed a huge responsibility on my shoulders," he said.
"I have worked extremely hard over the last three years to represent the whole 32,000 square kilometres of the electorate.
"I've always tried to make myself approachable about the local issues and I've always believed that if you work hard you're half way there."
More than 14 million Australians took to polling booths on Saturday, more than 75,000 people in the seat of Wannon.
One-hundred and three of the 105 Wannon polling places had been returned when this story was posted with 98 percent of the vote counted.
The Labor party was the big loser from Saturday night, experiencing a first preference swing of 1.36 per cent against its candidate Michael Barling.
The seat was contested by another five parties including the Australian Sex Party and Palmer United Party which presented a candidate in Wannon for the first time.
On first preferences Palmer United Party candidate Brad Ferguson picked up almost four percent of the Wannon vote despite not living or having visited the electorate during the campaign.
The Greens vote remained steady to record just over six percent of the vote as the Sex Party made a 2.76 per cent impact.
The Australian Christians' Therese Corbett polled 1,003 votes, just over one percent of the vote, while Family First almost balanced its 2010 result with 2.30 per cent.
"I think it showed a resounding tick of faith in Tony Abbott, for his clear plan for where he wanted to take the nation," Mr Tehan said.
"I will be a local member in parliament working to ensure an Abbott lead government will govern for all."
The Greens' Tim Emanuelle said in the wake of the conservative nation wide swing, the Greens did well to hold steady in Wannon.
"I think we bucked the state and nation wide trend to hold our vote, that's a pretty positive thing," he said.
Mr Tehan dismissed the argument that the people of Wannon had been disadvantaged by the fact the seat has now been in Coalition hands for almost 60 years.
"I think the key thing is the ability to identify issues and get results on the issues that matter to people," he said.
"Take Ararat for example, in the last term of government from opposition I was able to get money for the hospital and oval redevelopment.
"They are just isolated examples of where if you demonstrate the case and the need you can get positive results."
Mr Tehan will fly to Canberra on Thursday for a party room meeting and said his first priority would be working to ensure his election commitments are met.
He said if given the opportunity to take on a portfolio or chair a government committee he would take it with open arms.