Cupper’s preferential treatment

Former member for Mildura Peter Crisp with his how-to-vote card the day before the election. Picture: Louise Barker

Former member for Mildura Peter Crisp with his how-to-vote card the day before the election. Picture: Louise Barker

AS each candidate was eliminated from the count and their preferences distributed, Ali Cupper’s position was enhanced.

On first preferences alone, incumbent Peter Crisp led the way with 39 per cent of the vote ahead of Ms Cupper on 33 per cent – a gap of 2473 votes.

But the preferences of each of the other three candidates all favoured Ms Cupper ahead of anyone else, including Mr Crisp.

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