'Exceptionally humbled': Hastie delivers a win in Canning

As the results of the 2019 federal election started to filter in on Saturday, Canning's incumbent MP Andrew Hastie's outlook was positive both locally and nationally.

The results baffled political analysts and the average punter alike, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison racked up seats that were tipped to fall to the Labor party in countless polls.

With only 75 per cent of the votes counted for Canning on Wednesday morning, Mr Hastie's two-party preferred margin had surpassed his previous victory in 2016 with a swing of 4.67 per cent.

Mr Hastie had managed to achieve a 61.46 per cent on the two-candidate preferred tally, with Labor's Canning candidate Mellisa Teede sitting on 38.54 per cent.

In 2016, Mr Hastie claimed victory over his then-rival Barry Winmar with 47,987 to 36,507 votes or 56.79 per cent to 43.21 per cent in the two-candidate preferred tally.

The high-profile conservative even claimed the most unlikely booths in the division, including Coodanup, where he was met with a 5.16 per cent swing and Lakelands were he saw a 7.08 per cent swing.

Mr Hastie attributed his win to the Morrison government's commitment to deliver for Australians and highlight several guarantees for the people of Canning.

On election night, Mr Hastie was joined by family, friends and supporters at the Mandurah Country Club.

In his victory speech on the night, Mr Hastie said he was "exceptionally humbled" to be re-elected.

"I want to start by thanking the people of Canning for entrusting me again with the responsibility of representing them in Canberra. It is a huge responsibility and one that I take very seriously," he told onlookers.

Reflecting on the win earlier this week, Mr Hastie said he was excited about the future and he would remain committed to delivering for Canning.

"It was immensely exciting and encouraging, and I just feel that our country has been spared," Mr Hastie said.

With votes still being counted on Wednesday, Mr Morrison was looking to be in the box seat to form a majority government.

As discussion whirled around who will be appointed to Mr Morrison's new cabinet, Mr Hastie has not ruled himself out of a highly sought-after job.

"Of course, I'd like to serve in higher office but that's a decision for the Prime Minister. It's just an honour to be re-elected and to get on with the work here locally, which is the most important of all," he said.

On polling day, Mr Hastie said the mood across Canning was unlike that of previous elections he had faced.

"It was very muted. It didn't feel as energetic as it had been in the past," he said.

"People were keeping their cards very close to their chest. We'd also had a very high postal and pre-poll voting rate... and because of the 'digital era' as well, a lot of people weren't taking how-to-vote cards, so it was just very very difficult to pick.

"At the end of the day it was a bit anticlimactic [as] we weren't sure how it was going to break."

Mr Hastie also acknowledged his rivals across the campaign, who he said "were friendly good people, generally speaking".

"I thought this year, particularly, it was run really well," he said.

"Mellisa Teede campaigned for 18 months. She was at a lot of events [and] had quite a presence out on the ground. She put in a really good effort and I congratulate her for that."

Mr Hastie said the state government now had a lead on several projects, including the Peel Health Campus with $25 million, Mandurah Train Station multi-level carpark with $16 million and the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation with $22 million.

"We have delivered the funding and so now the state government has to get on with the build," he said.

"Importantly, we now have a mandate for Lakelands Train Station. I've secured $37 million for that.

"This election for me in north Mandurah was a referendum on the Lakelands Train Station, so David Templeman has two years to get on with the job otherwise we'll find someone who will.

"We'll be writing to Rita Saffoti and WA Labor who dismissed the Lakelands Train Station.

"I think the voters have shown them that they want it and they would be foolish to continue to ignore it, especially with $37 million on the table from the federal government."

During his speech on election night, Mr Hastie also expressed his gratitude to his supporters and those who helped him throughout the campaign.

"It's a privilege to serve the people of Canning and I promise to continue fighting for them," he said.

He made a special mention of his wife Ruth.

Joining him and their children Jonathan and Beatrice on stage at the event, Mr Hastie said his wife had been "immensely faithful, loyal and supportive".

Ms Hastie said the election was a great outcome for the people of Canning.

"We were really pleased with the results and couldn't be more grateful for the support from the community," he said.

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