A tense Maddern shreds paper and cleans her office
MARYBOROUGH MP Anne Maddern is shredding paper and cleaning her office as she tensely waits to hear whether she has been re-elected.
For the Maryborough electorate Ms Maddern trails Labor's Bruce Saunders on the notional vote by about 6%.
With Maryborough one of the last seats without a clear winner, a win to Mr Saunders is likely to edge Labor closer to forming government.
Speaking to the Chronicle from her paper-ridden office, Mrs Maddern admitted it wasn't looking good.
"If I win then I'll have a nice clean office to start fresh," she said.
"If I lose then some of the work is already done."
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Across town Mr Saunders was calmer and cautiously excited as he continued to serve gelato in his shop on Bazaar St.
While the Scoops on Bazaar owner was now confident of a good result, he admitted his own party had lacked some full faith he could take the electorate.
At a Labor Party meeting in Hervey Bay last year Mr Saunders was told figures showed his chances of winning Maryborough to be minimal.
"We were told then, Maryborough was very hard to win, virtually impossible," he said.
"The last time (2012 election) we got 11.2% -awful figures.
"It wasn't distracting, it just drove us harder."
Mr Saunders also confirmed he wouldn't seek nor accept a ministerial portfolio should the situation arise.
While Independent Chris Foley is still a mathematical chance, the seat will now come down to about 4000 postal votes.
Those votes have until February 10 to arrive for scrutineering.
This will be the second time Ms Maddern and Mr Foley will nervously wait for results.
In 2012 it took days to declare the winner, with Maryborough the state's second most marginal seat with Ms Maddern victorious by just 0.3%.
- About 80% of the roll counted
- On the primary vote, Anne Maddern, 29.98%, leads Bruce Saunders, 25.65%
- Chris Foley trails on 21.69%
- On the notional results after preferences, Mr Saunders, 53.04% leads Ms Maddern, 46.96%