Independent 2.4% (vs Nationals)
Located in northern Victoria, Shepparton includes the towns of Ardmona, Barmah, Congupna, Dookie, Katunga, Kialla, Mooroopna, Nathalia, Picola, Shepparton, Strathmerton, Tallygaroopna, Tatura and Toolamba.
The current incarnation of the Shepparton electorate was always a safe Nationals seat. However, in recent elections, third parties (particularly the Country Alliance) and independents posed an increasing threat to the Nationals hold on the seat. Suzanna Sheed won the seat at the 2014 State Election, ending the Nationals hold on the seat.
Most independents, once they gain a seat, who don't draw too much controversy tend to retain their seat for as long as they stand for re-election, and this is true particularly of independent MPs who hold seats in rural areas. Suzanna Sheed will very likely not only hold on, but increase her margin in the upcoming election.
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