NSW Liberal Party powerbroker David Clarke, reputed leader of the party's "religious right", has survived a challenge for his upper house seat.
It will ensure he can serve in the Legislative Council for another eight years, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Mr Clarke fought off David Elliott, the chief executive of the Civil Contractors Federation, for preselection for the seat known in the party as north-west province. He won the pre-selection by 50 votes to 36, with four votes going to a third candidate, Brett Murray.
Mr Elliott had the backing of Mr Alex Hawke, 32, a former member of Mr Clarke's staff who helped the politician with controversial mass recruitments in north-west Sydney before the last state election, the report said.
A rift has since developed between Mr Hawke and Mr Clarke and has split the party's right faction.
Mr Clarke, 64, was backed by the federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, and state Opposition Leader, Barry O'Farrell.
Religious right chief defeats challenger (Sydney Morning Herald)