LIBERAL Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick looks likely to be returned as the district's representative in South Australia's 52nd Parliament.
With 61 per cent of ballots counted, Mr Pederick had secured 53.6pc of first-preference votes, with Labor's Lou Bailey his closest challenger on 26.9pc.
Family First's Daniel Gutteridge had polled 8pc, the Greens' Damien Pyne 7.3pc and the Nationals' Rachel Titley 4.3pc.
At a relaxed election night gathering with family and supporters in Murray Bridge, shortly after receiving word from his party's scrutineers he was assured of re-election, Mr Pederick thanked the people of Hammond for placing their faith in him.
"I'll take that responsibility seriously and work as hard as I have for the last four years," he said.
"I especially hope we get into government and we can deliver more things into Hammond as a result."
He also thanked his family, staff, volunteers and supporters for their help during his campaign.
"The volunteers have done a lot in the last 12 months with the function at Wellington, the raffle and hosting State and Federal ministers when we've had the opportunity," he said.
"It has been a great team effort between staff, volunteers and families.
"At the end of the day my job was to hold (Hammond) for the Liberals, and it looks like I've done that."
The running totals at 8.30pm represented a weakening of support for the Liberal Party, who won 61.8pc of first-preference votes at the 2010 election.
However, much of that could be attributed to the Nationals' presence on the ballot and a redistribution that moved Karoonda and the Southern Mallee - traditionally conservative areas - into the neighbouring electorate of Chaffey.
In any case, the Nationals' and Family First's preferences would flow to Mr Pederick, ensuring him a comfortable majority even if he wound up with less than 50pc of the popular vote.
His Liberal colleagues in the other electorates around the Murraylands and Mallee - Tim Whetstone in Chaffey, Mitch Williams in MacKillop, Stephan Knoll in Schubert and Mark Goldsworthy in Kavel - all look likely to return as well.
At the 2010 election, Labor won 23pc of first-preference votes, the Greens 8pc and Family First 7.1pc.
The district of Hammond includes Murray Bridge, Tailem Bend and Goolwa.