Australian Conservatives candidate Garry McMahon grabbed the top spot on the ballot paper for the seat of Orange upcoming state election - but there were mixed results for the key candidates.
Nationals candidate Kate Hazelton, who did not attend Thursday's draw at the election office in Peisley Street, will be second on the ticket while the Member for Orange Phil Donato is at the bottom of the nine-candidate list for the March 23 poll.
Mr Donato said he did not believe being at the bottom would be crucial in his re-election bid.
"It doesn't really matter where you are, top, bottom or in the middle. The electorate is not silly they know who they want to vote for," he said.
"The donkey vote has always been worth one or two per cent if that traditionally."
And he said it might work in reverse for him if people voted from the bottom.
"If you can't be top bottom's the next best place isn't it," he said.
VIDEO: BALLOT DRAW
Mr McMahon was elated with the top position which traditionally gains "donkey votes" from people who simply fill out their vote by numbering one in the top square or number 1-9 down the list.
"It makes feel really special, it makes me feel that I've really got some things going for me," Mr McMahon said.
"I'm so pleased to be there, to be number one with Kate Hazelton number two.
"For most voters the natural order of things is to look at the top of the list and work our way down from so my name will be there."
Mr McMahon said his party had not spent much on advertising.
"I've relied a lot on getting out and meeting people. I've been to every single town in the electorate in the last two weeks," he said.
"Being at the top of the list is also important because the people I have spoken to and given information to will recognise my name. I feel quite confident."
BALLOT DRAW RESULT
- 1 Garry McMahon (Conservatives)
- 2 Kate Hazelton (Nationals)
- 3 Maurice Davey (Christian Democrats)
- 4 Terri Ann Baxter (Independent)
- 5 David O'Brien (Keep Sydney Open)
- 6 Luke Sanger (Country Labor)
- 7 Stephen Nugent (Greens)
- 8 Stephen Bisgrove (Liberal Democrats)
- 9 Phil Donato (Shooters, Fishers, Farmers).
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