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Jacqui Dean says she will fight to win back the National party vote in Waitaki, after Labour claimed victory in the traditionally blue electorate.
With 100% of the Waitaki vote counted, Mrs Dean won the Waitaki seat, with a 3,168 majority over Labour’s Liam Wairepo, but Labour won 43.8% of the party vote, with National dropping to 31.6%.
At the 2017 general election, Mrs Dean had a 12,816 majority over Labour’s Zelie Allan, and National won 53.97% of the party vote to Labour’s 30.17%.
“It will happen once, and it won’t happen again,’’ Mrs Dean said of Labour winning the party vote in Waitaki this election.
“I’m happy that I have gained and retained the confidence of enough Waitakians to remain in the seat. I will work my hardest, harder than ever before to build trust and win back that party vote for Waitaki.’’
The lead for the Waitaki seat changed hands in the early stages of the vote count, and there was a nervous energy at Mrs Dean’s election party at the Brydone Hotel.
“It was a nervous wait . . . I literally found myself pacing the room,’’ she said.
“I have never taken winning the seat for granted, never - and I am still eternally grateful to be the MP for Waitaki.’’
In his first election campaign, he was proud to have closed the ‘’massive margin’’ National had held in the electorate.
“This has been a huge success for us and we’re really rapt,’’ he said.
“Party vote is the big one, but personal success for me is definitely closing that candidate vote.’’