Minor parties fail to challenge for Maryborough seat
A DEFLATED Steve Anderson has spoken about his disappointing polling.
Despite being outspoken about his expectations of being a serious challenger, Mr Anderson, a seasoned campaigner for the Palmer United Party, attracted only 12% of the vote.
His preferences will now be distributed and are likely to influence the outcome of the seat.
Mr Anderson was confident when speaking to the Chronicle at the St Paul's Anglican Church polling booth on Saturday afternoon.
He said the feeling around the electorate was good and he was expecting a large percentage.
But that prediction proved incorrect as the seat shapes up as a three-way battle.
Mr Anderson put his defeat down to the snap election and generic campaigning.
"My face and name wasn't on a lot of the Palmer paraphernalia," he said.
"I'm a little bit deflated."
A tired Damian Huxham is pleased with his charge for One Nation in the Heritage City, pulling 7% of the primary vote.
"For a first timer who campaigned for 10 days - I think to pull that number was great," he said.
With only 2% of the primary vote, Greens candidate Katherine Webb said she would send an email to the local branch suggesting it field a stronger choice in the next election.
"I think we have stronger candidates than me - I was giving people the opportunity to vote Green," she said.
Independent and former bikie club member Russell Wattie received just 0.97% of the primary vote.