The seat of Riverina provided the United Australia Party with its best result in any electorate in last weekend's federal election.
The Clive Palmer-backed UAP's candidate Richard Foley took 9831 primary votes, or 10.6 per cent.
Riverina was the only seat in NSW to deliver the UAP a double-digit vote.
Michael McCormack, the sitting Member for Riverina, leader of The Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister, won 55,846, or 60.22 per cent.
Mr McCormack actually recorded a positive swing in his primary vote of slightly more than three per cent.
For Labor's Mark Jeffreson, a total of 21,611 primary votes, translated to 23.3 per cent. There was a swing against Labor of 2.22 per cent.
The final of the four candidates in Riverina was The Greens' Michael Bayles, whose 5455 primary votes - or 5.88 per cent - was actually up by almost 1.4 per cent.
Overall, there were 5061 informal votes, a slight increase of about half a per cent.
In the two-party preferred comparison, Mr McCormack came out at 69.59 per cent, against Mr Jeffreson's 30.41 per cent.
Charles Sturt University associate professor in political science Dominic O'Sullivan believes the UAP may have its result in Riverina because there were just four candidates in the running.
"If voters were discontent with The Nationals, but didn't want to go to the Left with their vote, they didn't have anywhere else to go," Professor Sullivan said.
"There was no Shooters, Fishers, Farmers and no One Nation. For people who wanted to have a protest vote, but did not want to vote for Labor or The Greens, there was no other candidate."
Mr Foley told The Daily Advertiser he had only actively campaigned in the seat for a few weeks before the weekend's poll.
"We did pretty well and obviously I'm very happy about it," he said.
"This was from a six-week campaign, so it's a pretty good result.
"There were only four candidates. If people didn't want to vote for one of the major parties, I was the only choice.
"There are still a lot of people dissatisfied with the process. The informal vote was very high. Imagine if half of that had come our way."
Mr Foley said he was disappointed the vote had not been enough to put Mr McCormack into the position of needing to count preferences.
Before the election, he had hoped that preferences would boost his chances of winning the seat.
Looking at the future, Mr Foley has not made any decisions about future runs at a political career and has not decided whether he would be an independent - his personal preference - or remaining with the UAP.
"The party next time will have a more detailed policy program," he said.
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