THE Nationals' Andrew Gee comfortably retained the seat of Calare in Saturday's federal election.
At the Oberon High School voting booth, Mr Gee's 763 votes exceeded the total of his two main rivals in Labor's Dr Jess Jennings (308, 18.75 per cent) and Shooters Fishers and Farmers candidate Sam Romano (327, 19.90 per cent).
The Nationals have held the seat of Calare since 2007.
A lot of people had been predicting that our primary vote would basically collapse, and probably our opponents were hoping that it would, but we were really thrilled by the way our primary vote held up.Member for Calare Andrew Gee
Mr Gee outpolled his opponents at all of the 96 booths in Calare except for one in Dr Jennings' home city of Bathurst and one in Lithgow, both won by Dr Jennings, plus a booth at the Sydney Town Hall which only had 20 voters but Mr Gee was narrowly beaten by Greens candidate Stephanie Luke.
At Black Springs, Andrew Gee received 72 votes out of 186 formal votes, Dr Jennings 35 and Mr Romano 33.
Mr Gee celebrated his victory at Orange City Bowling Club on Saturday night and, despite a 3.4 per cent drop in his primary vote, said he was gratified by the result.
"A lot of people had been predicting that our primary vote would basically collapse, and probably our opponents were hoping that it would, but we were really thrilled by the way our primary vote held up," Mr Gee said.
"I have a lot of local projects I am keen to get off the ground.
"It's issues like greater funding for aged care facilities. It's something I'm very passionate about. There are a number of others."
In a statement Mr Gee said he had several key objectives.
"The issues that I want to work on over the next term of government include continuing drought relief, a community legal centre for the Calare electorate and even more local road funding," he said.
Mr Gee said solid economic management would enable such projects to occur.
"The budget is now in the black but we want to keep that good economic management going," he said.
"When you do it you can deliver locally."
Mr Gee attributed the victory to a positive campaign and three years of hard work.