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UPDATE: Counting expected to continue for days in M'boro

The votes being counted in Maryborough.
The votes being counted in Maryborough. Hayden Johnson

9.40PM UPDATE: IT WAS a quiet gathering for Anne Maddern and her LNP team as they face days of counting pre-poll and postal votes to determine whether she'll hold onto Maryborough.

But with preferences expected to stream toward Labor's Bruce Saunders and Independent Chris Foley, Ms Maddern faces a nervous wait. 

Mr Saunders gathered with about 100 volunteers, dubbed 'Saunder's soldiers.'

Looking worn and tired, Mr Saunders thanked his supporters and said even if he didn't end up winning the seat he was happy with the strong Labor resurrection.

Mr Foley remained confident he would win preferences and also claw back some of the primary vote through pre-polling and postal votes.

7.15PM UPDATE: Sitting LNP Member Anne Maddern has taken a narrow lead in the race for Maryborough. 

Ms Maddern and Labor's Bruce Saunders are neck and neck on the preferential vote.

Independent Chris Foley trails the pair.

Mr Saunders said he was happy with his progress but acknowledged it would be a long night.

Mr Foley, who lost his seat to Ms Maddern in 2012 admits he is "not confident" but would wait and see.

>>Check out the latest numbers from the Electoral Commission of Queensland website here 

EARLIER UPDATE: After a hot an arduous day for candidates the waiting game has begun as polls close and counting begins.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern told the Chronicle she was hot and tired after a long day of meeting voters.

But Ms Maddern wasn't sure about the support she had received at booths.

"There's no feeling-you have no idea," she said.

Labor's Bruce Saunders cast his vote at the St Paul's Anglican Church in Maryborough.

He was feeling optimistic, but couldn't gauge the support level. 

One Nation's Damian Huxham started his day at 3am, dropping off signs and organising his small team of volunteers.

As the booths closed, Mr Huxham said he felt emotional waiting for a result. 

 

Palmer United Party's Steve Anderson with his corflute at the St Pauls Anglican Church polling booth in Maryborough. Photo : Hayden Johnson / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Palmer United Party's Steve Anderson with his corflute at the St Pauls Anglican Church polling booth in Maryborough. Photo : Hayden Johnson / Fraser Coast Chronicle Hayden Johnson

EARLIER: Fraser Coast residents have descended on polling booths as they vote in what's being described as the most important election in the state's history.

In Maryborough seven candidates are standing, and in Hervey Bay there are six.

Sitting LNP Members Ted Sorensen in Hervey Bay and Anne Maddern in Maryborough face a tense evening with seats expected to be close.

The Palmer United Party's Maryborough candidate Steve Anderson said the feeling at the booths was positive.

"I'm feeling quite strong," he said.

"Look, if I don't win I'll come pretty close."

The Fraser Coast Chronicle will have online updates on both seats throughout the evening.

Topics:  fraser coast, hervey bay, maryborough, politics, queensland election 2015



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