Nicole Baker and Karen Berry counting the voting
Nicole Baker and Karen Berry counting the voting

ELECTION DAY WRAP: Stories from Fraser Coast booths

6.30pm

At the end of counting for the day, the race remains tight in Hervey Bay.

Currently, Mr Tantari has 11,153 votes, with 39.73 per cent of the total vote, with Mr Coleman on 9644 votes and 34.36 per cent of the total vote.

One Nation's Damian Huxham has 11.21 per cent of the vote and independent candidate Stuart Taylor has 8.91 per cent of the total vote.

About 73 per cent of the vote has been counted.

5.30pm

With about 50 per cent of the unofficial preliminary count completed, ALP candidate Adrian Tantari has taken a shock lead in the previously safe LNP seat, with 39.23 per cent of the vote.

LNP candidate Steve Coleman, replacing popular long-term member Ted Sorensen, has 33.02 per cent of the vote.
Postal votes and preferences are yet to be factored in, which could be the deciding factors.

One Nation candidate Damian Huxham, with 11.39 per cent of the vote directed voters to preference the LNP on his how-to-vote card, while independent Stuart Taylor, with 9.82 per cent of the vote, had Labor second on his how-to-vote card.

12.20pm

With 41.02 per cent of the vote in Hervey Bay counted, the race remains as tight as ever.

With postal votes and preferences yet to be counted, LNP candidate Steve Coleman has 4889 votes, with 31.53 per cent of the total vote.

ALP candidate Adrian Tantari continues to lead in the unofficial preliminary count, with 6024 votes, equating to 38.85 per cent of the total vote.

One Nation candidate Damian Huxham is in third position with 12.10 per cent of the vote, with independent candidate Stuart Taylor following with 10.14 per cent of the vote.

Amy Brynes from the Animal Justice Party has 3.76 per cent of the vote.

Greens candidate Sonja Gerdsen currently has 3.62 per cent of the vote.

Counting in the Maryborough electorate remains the same.

9.30am

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders has taken to Facebook to thank the city for returning him to office.

Mr Saunders shared a post from Queensland Labor, congratulating him on his re-election.

It will be Mr Saunder's third term in office after he took the seat from LNP MP Anne Maddern in 2015.

Thank you Maryborough!

Posted by Bruce Saunders on Saturday, 31 October 2020

9.15am

Incumbent ALP MP Bruce Saunders continues to cement his lead in Maryborough.

With 68.98 per cent of the unofficial preliminary vote counted, Mr Saunders has 14,018 votes and 55.01 per cent of the total vote.

LNP candidate Denis Chapman has 6395 votes and 25.10 per cent of the vote.

One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse has 3349 votes and 13.14 per cent of the total vote.

Sunday, 9am

The counting has resumed in the state election.

In Hervey Bay, 37.65 per cent of the unofficial preliminary count has been completed.

LNP candidate Steve Coleman has 31.47 per cent of the vote, trailing behind ALP candidate Adrian Tantari, who has 39.17 per cent of the vote.

Preferences have not yet been factored into the vote.

On his how-to-vote card, One Nation candidate Damian Huxham, third with 11.87 per cent of the vote, preferenced the LNP first, while independent Stuart Taylor, with 10.11 per cent of the vote, preferenced Labor on his card.

9.45pm

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

9.35pm

Labor candidate Bruce Saunders continues to extend his lead in Maryborough.

He has 14,010 votes and 54.99 per cent of the vote.

LNP candidate Denis Chapman has 6400 votes and 25.12 per cent of the vote.

One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse is in third position and has 3347 votes, accounting for 13.14 per cent of the vote.

9.20pm

One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse is celebrating with her team after weeks of campaigning across Maryborough.

Mrs Lohse spent the day at Sunbury State School and Tinana State School, speaking with members of the public about issues affecting the electorate.

One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse with her team after a long day on the campaign trail.
One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse with her team after a long day on the campaign trail.

9.10pm

A tight race continues to unfold in Hervey Bay.

A safe seat for outgoing LNP member Ted Sorensen for four elections, new candidate Steve Coleman is currently trailing behind ALP candidate Adrian Tantari.

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

Preferences are yet to be distributed and Mr Coleman told supporters the result will "go down to the wire".

9pm

ALP candidate Bruce Saunders continues to surge ahead in the seat of Maryborough, with the incumbent member currently holding 52.08 per cent of the vote.

LNP candidate Denis Chapman is in second position with 26.53 per cent of the vote and One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse has 13.89 per cent of the vote. 

8.25pm

Maryborough's Informed Medical Options Party candidate Samantha Packer has taken to Facebook to thank her supporters after two hectic weeks on the campaign trail.

"Just got home and collapsed on the floor, burnt to a crisp and aching all over," she wrote.

Ms Packer said it was worth every pain and discomfort.

"To every single person who helped me with my girls, with the signs, with the pre-polling, with today and everything else in between," she wrote.

"You guys are world changers, so much love to you."

Informed Medical Choices candidate for Maryborough Samantha Packer has thanked her supporters.
Informed Medical Choices candidate for Maryborough Samantha Packer has thanked her supporters.

8.20pm

Incumbent Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders is holding a commanding lead so far in the unofficial preliminary count.

He has 50.23 per cent of the vote so far.

In second position is LNP candidate Denis Chapman, who has 25.63 per cent of the vote.

In third position is One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse, with 15.44 per cent of the vote.

8.15pm

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

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.

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.

8.10pm

Independent Hervey Bay candidate Stuart Taylor is with family and supporters at the Discovery Caravan Park.

He thanked everyone for their support.

Mr Taylor told those gathered that he knows he is the best man for the job and no matter the outcome, he will run again in the 2024 election.

He said he had fallen in love with Hervey Bay in a new way during the election.

Independent candidate for Hervey Bay Stuart Taylor with his supporters.
Independent candidate for Hervey Bay Stuart Taylor with his supporters. Jessica Cook

8pm

Hervey Bay's ALP candidate Adrian Tantari is watching the votes roll in from his Urangan home surrounded by supporters.

He said it was exciting to see Labor off to a strong start but was conscious it would be a long night, with many votes to count.

ALP candidate Adrian Tantari is watching the votes roll in from his Urangan home.
ALP candidate Adrian Tantari is watching the votes roll in from his Urangan home. Jessica Cook

7.50pm

LNP party faithful are gathered in Torquay.

While there's not much to celebrate for this crowd, many seem pleased at the news former deputy premier Jackie Trad will likely lose her seat.

Party candidate Steve Coleman is flanked by family and supporters.

Outgoing four-term MP Ted Sorensen will also spend his election night here.

LNP candidate Steve Coleman with his wife Shorts, daughter Amy, Campbell Crossley, Deb Winter and Caitlyn Motum.
LNP candidate Steve Coleman with his wife Shorts, daughter Amy, Campbell Crossley, Deb Winter and Caitlyn Motum. Jessica Grewal

7.20pm

Counting has started in Hervey Bay, but its early days.

Only 528 formal votes have been counted so far.

ALP candidate Adrian Tantari is leading the unofficial preliminary count.

He has 618 votes so far, holding 39.46 per cent of the vote.

LNP candidate Steve Coleman is right behind him, with 510 votes votes and 32.57 per cent of the vote.

In third position is One Nation candidate Damian Huxham with 209 votes and 13.35 per cent of the vote.

7.15pm

No information is yet available about the vote count in Hervey Bay.

In Maryborough, there have been 5921 formal votes counted so far, with 334 informal votes.

That is a total of 6255 votes so far, with 94.66 per cent of them formal votes.

7.10pm

Maryborough Legalise Cannabis Qld candidate River Body is fourth in the polling, with 198 votes, or 3.80 per cent of the vote.

Greens candidate Craig Armstrong follows with 187 votes - 3.59 per cent of the total vote.

Samantha Packer from the Informed Medical Choices Party  has 89 votes, accounting for 1.71 per cent of the overall count.

Alex Sokolov, the Clive Palmer's United Party candidate. is last with 36 votes and 0.69 per cent of the overall vote.

7pm

THE count is underway in Maryborough, where incumbent Labor MP Bruce Saunders has a lead so far in the unofficial preliminary count.

He has 2382 votes so far - 50.02 per cent of the vote overall.

LNP candidate Denis Chapman follows with 1268 votes and 24.32 per cent of the vote overall.

One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse has 828 votes and 15.88 per cent of the vote.

6pm - Counting begins

Welcome to the Fraser Coast Chronicle's live election updates.

We'll keep you updated throughout the evening as the vote is counted in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

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