National MP for Rangitīkei Ian McKelvie has won re-election in the electorate for the fourth time, edging out Soraya Peke-Mason in a race he described as "much closer than expected".
With 100 per cent of the vote counted, McKelvie had 16,245 votes, a margin of 2423 over Labour's Peke-Mason on 13,822.
"It took me a long time to get my nose in front," McKelvie said
Nationally, McKelvie said it had been "an extraordinary night for the Labour Party".
"We've got a lot of work to do, but I thought our leader spoke very well earlier on tonight.
"Its a very unusual time we're living through, and its going to be very interesting to see what happens in the next 3 or 4 months."
McKelvie said the margins in Steph Lewis's victory in Whanganui was surprising, but that "we win some and we lose some."
"And we've won very few."
Labour Rangitikei candidate Soraya Peke-Mason has conceded defeat in Rangitīkei, but is confident she ran an incredibly strong campaign.
"It was always going to be difficult, it was always going to be a challenge."
"It would have been great if we did, especially for the people of Rangitikei.
"Anything was possible, but I'm happy where I am."
Peke-Mason will likely enter Parliament on the list under these numbers, and says she will be a strong voice for Rangitikei from within the party.
Peke-Mason expects to travel to Wellington on Monday for her induction into Parliament.