Liberals win seat of Ripon
Update December 10
Re-elected Liberal MP for the seat of Ripon Louise Staley has described the past two weeks as a rollercoaster.
Ms Staley was formally declared the representative for the seat of Ripon on Monday morning by just 15 votes over Labor candidate Sarah De Santis, making the electorate the most marginal in Victoria.
Ms Staley said she is honoured and delighted to be re-elected.
"I know that Ms De Santis, the Labor candidate, has not had the result she wanted, there can only be one winner and I know that she worked very hard and I also know that the last fortnight must have been very difficult for her as it was for me," Ms Staley said.
"But [I] have held the seat of Ripon for the Liberal Party and I really can not tell the people of Ripon enough how honoured I am to be given this opportunity to serve you again.
"It has been a very, very long and hard fight to get here today, not just the final few weeks but over the past four years. I have met and worked with so many great people over that time."
Ms Staley said her and the Liberal's know there is a lot of work to do to rebuild over the next four years.
"There were lots and lots of issues that have played out here in Ripon and across the broader Victorian electorate," she said.
"My party has a lot of thinking to do, a lot of working to do but today I just want to say thank you to the people of Ripon and to the Liberal Party for endorsing me and supporting me."