Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate for Calare Sam Romano has come out on top twice after two draws placed him at the top of the federal election ballot paper.
The first draw at midday placed Liberal Democrats' Stephen Bisgrove second, Labor's Jess Jennings third and Wellington's Beverley Cameron for the United Australia Party fourth, followed by The Greens' Stephanie Luke fifth, Shuyi Chen for the Christian Democrats in sixth and incumbent National Mr Gee last.
However, there was confusion and delays during the two steps of the draw, held at the Moulder Street returning office, and divisional returning officer Sandra Taylor confirmed an error occurred, forcing a redraw about 3.30pm.
Mr Romano was again first, followed by Mr Chen, Dr Jennings, Ms Cameron, Mr Gee, Mr Bisgrove and Ms Luke.
VIDEO: The original ballot draw on Wednesday...
Ms Taylor said the result had been confirmed in time for pre-polling on Monday and May 18 voting day.
Mr Gee commented after the first draw, where there had been confusion surrounding his ballot position, the process had been transparent and he would not challenge the outcome.
"It remains to be seen whether the [Nationals state and federal] issues overlap and I'm going to be running on my record."
Labor candidate Jess Jennings was listed third in both draws, the best position he believed he had ever drawn.
I think the Nats are on the nose in Orange and Wellington.Labor candidate Dr Jess Jennings
Asked whether Labor's result in Bathurst at the state election concerned him, he said he had a higher profile than the state candidate.
"I think the Nats are on the nose in Orange and Wellington," Dr Jennings said.
"The more people are realising that drought is a product of climate, the more they're starting to switch on."
Neither candidate - the only two to attend the first draw - confirmed which preference deals they would seek.
Ms Luke was one of the Wollar Three, along with Bev Smiles and Bruce Hughes, who escaped conviction after protesting the expansion of the Wilpinjong coal mine near Mudgee.
They were the first to be charged under the NSW government's anti-protest laws.
"It's no longer enough to state 'jobs and growth' as our only criteria, we need to think more broadly about water as our most precious natural resource," she said in a statement on Wednesday.
Three weeks of pre-polling will start on Monday at 121 Moulder Street.
Mr Gee said it would be gruelling on the candidates' volunteers.
"It does really stretch the resources, having said that it is really popular - the voters do seem to like pre-polling and more and more people are doing it."
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