Campaign manager Steve Baker, Hervey Bay LNP candidate Steve Coleman and outgoing MP Ted Sorensen.
Campaign manager Steve Baker, Hervey Bay LNP candidate Steve Coleman and outgoing MP Ted Sorensen.

'Down to the wire': Hervey Bay could be set for upset

UPDATE, 9.45PM:

Sky News is reporting specialist scrutineers will be flown into the seat of Hervey Bay by Labor.

UPDATE, 9.15PM: Hervey Bay's ALP candidate Adrian Tantari said he was feeling very proud of his team as he continues to lead in the seat against LNP candidate Steve Coleman.

With preferences yet to be distributed, the results are still uncertain, but Mr Tantari said he was proud of the "short, sharp" campaign his team had run.

He was only officially confirmed as the ALP's candidate for Hervey Bay just weeks out from the election.

If elected, Mr Tantari said he would work closely with Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders, who looks certain to hold on to his seat, for the betterment of the Fraser Coast.

Mr Tantari ran for the seat with a platform of funding education projects and economic recovery from COVID-19.

He said he was confident a Labor Government would deliver a strong economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

Mr Coleman has 29.55 per cent of the vote, while Mr Tantari has 39.39 per cent of the vote.

EARLIER: The seat of Hervey Bay is shaping up to be one of the big upsets of the state election.

The election night party of LNP faithful has just heard from candidate Steve Coleman, who told the crowd "it looks like it's going to come down to the wire on preferences".

Hervey Bay's ALP candidate Adrian Tantari continues to lead in the seat in the unofficial preliminary count.

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Mr Tantari currently has 1493 votes with 38.53 per cent of the vote.

LNP candidate Steve Coleman has 1202 votes with 31.02 per cent of the vote.

In third position is One Nation's Damian Huxham with 11.92 per cent of the vote, while independent candidate Stuart Taylor has 9.03 per cent of the vote.

His how-to-vote card suggested preferencing Mr Coleman.

However independent candidate Stuart Taylor has Mr Tantari second on their preference vote.

Greens candidate Sonya Gerdsen has 4.95 per cent of the vote and Amy Byrnes from the Animal Justice Party has 4.54 per cent of the vote.

So far 10.37 per cent of the vote has been counted in Hervey Bay.

Mr Coleman however thanked the many volunteers present, campaign manager Steve Baker, Ted and Jenny Sorensen and Hervey Bay electorate office staff Paula and Debbie (Mr Baker's wife).