Labor candidate Bruce Saunders is growing more confident that he can stage a surprise victory and claim the seat.
Labor candidate Bruce Saunders is growing more confident that he can stage a surprise victory and claim the seat. Alistair Brightman

Saunders in the box seat to claim win in Maryborough

IT'S still too close to call a result in Maryborough, but Labor candidate Bruce Saunders is growing more confident that he can stage a surprise victory and claim the seat.

As the dust settles after the State Election, Mr Saunders has claimed a comfortable advantage after preferences, leading Anne Maddern with 53.04% of the vote compared to her 46.96% of the vote.

A result could still be days away, with postal votes still being counted.

Independent candidate Chris Foley is also still a mathematical chance of claiming the seat.

So far Mrs Maddern has claimed the highest number of votes before preferences, with the latest figures showing she had a total of 8785 votes.

Mr Saunders was just behind with 7347 primary votes and Mr Foley had claimed 6216 votes.

According to the Electoral Commission Queensland website, 83.57% of votes in Maryborough had been counted.

In Maryborough, 26,811 votes were cast via a polling booth, while 1697 votes were postal, special postal or unenrolled votes.