Katrina Hodgkinson has safely won the seat of Cootamundra with a predicted 67 per cent of first preference votes.
With 50 of 57 polling booths counted the predicted count after preferences sees the National Party win the seat by a margin of 20 per cent, which is a 9.1 per cent swing to the ALP from the 2011 state election.
Ms Hodgkinson spent the day accumulating over 800 kilometres on the road attempting to visit 27 polling booths in the large electorate.
She ended her day in Cootamundra and met with supporters at her Parker St campaign office to watch the results coming in.
In celebrating her win, Ms Hodgkinson said her primary aim was to continue winning more funding back to country areas that was lost under the Carr Labor government for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
She thanked all her supporters for their tireless work and said her win would not have been possible without the support of her husband Jack Saeck.
Among the supporters present was former NSW deputy premier Ian Armstrong, who Ms Hodgkinson credited with inspiring her to join the Nationals back in 1995.
Mr Armstrong congratulated Ms Hodgkinson on another convincing win and reminded branch members that the work was not yet over.
Country Labor candidate Charlie Sheahan also congratulated Ms Hodgkinson and thanked all his supporters.
In particular he thanked his campaign office volunteers Noel Wilson and Merrilyn Carney, granddaughter of a founding member of the ALP.
Mr Sheahan said he was happy to have played his part in raising the local profile of the ALP, and hopes now to get a local branch off the ground.
“I’m going to keep pursuing, keep lobbying, and keep Katrina honest and hold her to her promises,” Mr Sheahan said.