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Shane Green, 9:28 PM The room full of Labor faithful is pumping. At at the Mulgrave Country Club, it began as a sense of quiet disbelief as the numbers rolled in. As the climb towards a majority continued, that disbelief was replaced by simple joy.
Benjamin Millar and John Elder 9:25 PM Independent candidate Suzanna Sheed was neck-and-neck on primary votes with Nationals candidate Greg Barr on Saturday night, saying she was excited at the prospect of taking the seat from the Nationals after 47 years.
Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon 9:25 PM Denis Napthine and his Coalition have been dumped from office, becoming Victoria's first single-term government in over half a century.
Clay Lucas, Adam Cooper, Aisha Dow 9:24 PM Melbourne's marginal sandbelt seats appear to have swung a second Victorian election – this time the other way – with at least three of four Liberal-held seats likely to switch to Labor.
Tim Colebatch 9:24 PM The trends looked bad for the Coalition from the time meaningful results started coming in.
Staff reporters 9:19 PM Labor looks headed for victory as the results for Victoria's election begin to look dire for the incumbent Coalition government.
Tony Wright 9:16 PM It began quietly and slid into gloom long before Premier Denis Napthine made an appearance.
Michael Gordon 9:15 PM Denis Napthine was seen as guilty by association with the budget shortcomings of the first-term federal government, and the voters of Victoria have also sent a strong message to Canberra and Tony Abbott.
Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 9:12 PM Denis Napthine should not have lost. Not if history is any guide. The recriminations for the Liberal Party – at both the state and national levels – will be significant.
Farrah Tomazin 9:03 PM As Saturday night came to a close, it seemed Daniel Andrews could persuade Victorians his "positive plan" was a better bet than giving the Napthine government a second chance.
Tom Cowie and Alana Schetzer 8:57 PM The Greens have won the seat of Melbourne in a historic victory that has given them their first lower house state seat.
Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent 8:46 PM There will be no shortage of theories about what caused the Victorian result but you can safely bet federal Labor will target the toxic standing of the Abbott government as the key driver. Normally such claims are transparently self-serving. Voters understand the delineation between state and federal governments and are loath to waste one trip to the ballot box pointlessly ventilating grievances about the other.
Josh Gordon 8:44 PM Denis Napthine should not have lost. Not if history is any guide. The recriminations for the Liberal Party – at both the state and national levels – will be significant.
Josh Gordon 7:11 PM Denis Napthine should not be in this position. Not if history is any guide.
Melissa Singer 6:30 PM Social media was abuzz as Victorian voters made their political feelings known on Saturday.
Clay Lucas, Henrietta Cook, Adam Cooper 6:11 PM Election day, says maverick Frankston MP Geoff Shaw, is like the Grand Final.
Tony Wright 6:03 PM Premier Denis Napthine began the day that would decide his government's future about as far west from Melbourne as he could be: the city of Portland, where he lived for years when he was a country vet.
Alana Schetzer 5:32 PM "It's going to be a close election but that's what democracy is about. And we'll all accept the will of the people."
Darren Gray, Steve Lillebuen 5:30 PM Regional Victorians have voted before polling day in massive numbers, a trend which could mean that the results in tight regional seats may not be known until during the week.
Jason Dowling 5:11 PM Voters have set a new record for early voting in Victoria with postal and pre-poll votes surging past 1 million.
Shane Green 5:03 PM The road to Yaapeet Primary at the edge of the Big Desert is usually an empty place. But on election day in Victoria, the strip of bitumen in the Wimmera town was buzzing with something approaching traffic.
Benjamin Millar 3:56 PM Police are hunting for an impersonator who demanded personal details from a young woman driver north-west of Melbourne.
Henrietta Cook 3:52 PM Geoff Shaw hasn't give up the fight yet.
Richard Willingham 1:46 PM The Greens are running open tickets in key marginal seats, angering Labor who have accused the Greens of helping the Napthine government.
Staff reporters 1:18 PM Premier Denis Napthine has started election day with underdog status in the far-west of the state, in Portland, from where he will make a 350-kilometre trek before polls close at 6pm.
Chris Vedelago 10:47 AM Those who don't want to express their political choices often doodle on ballot papers.
Henrietta Cook 10:22 AM Geoff Shaw's days as an MP look almost certain to end.
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