THE tiny township of Tatyoon, population 326, is Liberal heartland.
Located north of Lake Bolac, the hamlet gave sitting Liberal MP Dan Tehan its full endorsement at the Wannon polls on Saturday.
Just 112 people may have voted — four of them informally — but 95 of them placed the sought-after number 1 figure in the box beside Mr Tehan’s name.
This represented a total vote of 88 per cent for the incumbent - the highest in the vast electorate.
That result also meant bad news for ALP candidate Michael Barling whose popularity was at its lowest in Tatyoon, with just six votes or 5.56 per cent of the total.
While the ALP’s two-party preferred vote was down four per cent in the seat, Mr Barling’s best result was at Maryborough East where he was the highest polling candidate with 45 per cent of the vote (1055 votes of 2538 counted).
He also recorded the highest number of votes in Ararat, Maryborough and Portland South.
The Labor candidate was also a popular choice at the polling booth set up at the Warrnambool Special Development School, where his vote bucked the trend of other Warrnambool polling places.
He scored 41 per cent of the vote (234 of the 593 votes cast) while Mr Tehan only managed 39 per cent or 222 votes, which was his worst booth for the day.
Mr Barling’s 30 per cent result in his home town of Woodford, where he voted early on Saturday, was on par with the ALP first preference of 30.11 per cent recorded across Wannon while Mr Tehan’s vote of 57 per cent in his home town of Hamilton was a little stronger than the first preference Liberal vote of 53.42 per cent across the electorate.
Greens candidate Tim Emanuelle gained the strongest support in Warrnambool South with 14.5 per cent of the vote and he also polled strongly in other booths across the city and at Port Fairy, Koroit, Pomonal and Moyston. His first preference vote overall was 6.16 per cent. His poorest result was at Ecklin South where he recorded just one vote of the 195 cast.
Next best was the elusive Palmer United Party candidate Bradley Ferguson who is based in Townsville and failed to make a single appearance in Wannon during the election campaign.
He scored 3.9 per cent of the vote, and was best in Branxholme where he won nearly 10 per cent of primary votes but worst in South Warrnambool where he did not receive a single vote of the 233 votes cast.
Melbourne-based Chris Johnson, who stood for the Australian Sex Party, only achieved an overall vote of 2.81 per cent.
His best result was at Branxholme with just over five per cent of the vote and his worst at Streatham where he failed to gain one vote from the 150 votes cast.
Family First’s Craig Haberfield scored well in Merrivale with six per cent of the vote, but was at his poorest in Narrawong, with no first preference votes from the 229 cast.
Finally, the Australian Christians’ candidate Therese Corbett was the least popular across the electorate, achieving just 1.3 per cent of the vote.
Despite drawing the coveted position at the top of the ballot paper, only 960 people of the 76,833 who voted across Wannon gave their number one vote to the controversial Ms Corbett.
She failed to record a single vote at Byaduk, Caramut, Purnim, Tatyoon and Tyrendarra and only claimed five votes of the 281 cast in her home town of Lake Bolac.
Her strongest support was at Tarrington where she achieved just over four per cent of the vote.
Candidates must gain at least four per cent of the total formal first preference votes cast across a seat to have their nomination deposit of $1000 returned by the Australian Electoral Commission.
Wannon’s smallest polling place was at Orford where just 90 people voted on Saturday while the largest was Warrnambool’s Temperance Hall with 2874 people voting.
With football finals under way across the district, nearly 13,000 people recorded their votes early at Warrnambool’s pre-poll voting centre in the weeks before the election.
This was double the 6500 people who voted early at the 2010 election.