Marles wins another term

Libby Coker and Richard Marles (Ivan Kemp) 277961_01

Richard Marles has scored a resounding win in the seat of Corio at the federal election.

With 69 per cent of the votes counted, Labor’s Marles 42.8 per cent of the first preference vote while Liberal candidate Manish Patel had 36.4.

The traditionally safe Labor seat had a 3.3 per cent swing towards Marles.

Marles has won 42.8 per cent of the first preference votes with Patel 24 per cent and Greens candidate Simon Northeast 15.1 per cent.

Labor’s Libby Coker has retained the marginal seat of Corangamite and will serve her second term.

At the time of writing Coker had 39.4 per cent of first preference votes.

Liberal candidate and Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher had 32.9 per cent while Greens candidate Alex Marshall had 15.5 per cent.

Of the preference votes, Coker had 59.1 per cent to Asher’s 40.9 per cent with an 8.05 per cent swing for the ALP. Swing is based on the percentage change in voter support for the two preferred candidates between now and the previous federal election.