Counting continues, though Joe McGirr likely to win

Preferences tipped to be deciding factor

Counting continues, though Joe McGirr likely to win

Independent candidate Dr Joe McGirr is still tipped as the likely winner of the Wagga by-election as counting continues, with Country Labor's Dan Hayes officially conceding to Dr McGirr yesterday.

The latest available numbers still have the Liberals Julia Ham just in front on first preference votesm she has 24.69%, compared to Dr McGirr's 24.58%, a difference of just 54 votes.

It's expected Dr McGirr will win once preferences are counted.

Dr McGirr has told the media he remains quietly optimistic, but will wait for the final numbers.

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