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Labor wins seat of Bega for the first time ever as 4 NSW electorates vote in by-elections

The NSW State Election is set to be held in March next year.

The NSW Government has been pushed further into minority after Labor won the seat of Bega for the first time since it was created in 1894.

Bega was first held by Independent Protectionist Thomas Rawlinson , and was later held by members of the Protectionist, Progressive, Liberal Reform & Nationalist parties.

Since the seat was recreated in 1988, the Liberals have held it - until now.

There were 4 by-elections on Saturday - Bega, Monaro, Strathfield and Willoughby.

Michael Holland, who's set to become the Labor MP for Bega, claimed victory just before 9pm yesterday, saying "it was time to celebrate a bit of history."

"I hope to go on and represent my community now as a simple rural local member of parliament."

Labor also retained the electorate of Strathfield, while the Nationals held on to former Deputy Premier John Barilaro's seat of Monaro despite a swing of more than 6 percent.

The Liberals and Tim James sustained a swing in former Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s seat of Willoughby, with Mr James claiming victory 3 hours into counting.

However, the Perrott government’s once-sizeable margin of 21% took a hit, sending the NSW government further into minority.

As the federal election draws closer, there's speculation that Scott Morrison's government may take a hit, with the state results potentially playing out on a federal level too.

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