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Mike Nahan is likely to lead the Liberal Party in WA.

Grylls, Francis losses a major blow

ANALYSIS: The failure of Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls and straight talking Liberal frontbencher Joe Francis to retain their seats is a devastating blow to their parties. But it can only get worse.

Four doubtful conservative-held seats remain to be decided. The Liberals are facing losses in three of them, and a possible win in the fourth (at the expense of the Nationals).

Mr Grylls paid the price for his crazy-brave strategy to hit the mining giants, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, with extra charges. The aim was to help resolve the state’s budget crisis and head off the One Nation challenge in regional Western Australia.

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