FRASER COAST VOTES: Saunders extends his lead
FRASER Coast voters have elected to return their incumbent government representatives.
NOON: Labor's Bruce Saunders has extended his lead against One Nation's James Hansen on a two-party preferred basis.
At 11.35am, the incumbent Maryborough MP commanded 45.95% of the primary vote with 83% of the electoral roll counted.
Mr Hansen shocked many observers to be the second-most supported candidate with 30.08% of the primary vote.
Mr Hansen, a Fraser Coast councillor, will depend on preferences to overhaul Mr Saunders' lead. As of noon, Mr Saunders held a 54-46 lead.
EARLIER: As of Sunday, 9.15am, Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen commanded 36.63% of the primary vote.
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With preferences yet to be distributed and Labor's Adrian Tantari hot on his tail with 29.95%, Mr Sorensen is expected to secure his fourth successive term in office.
One Nation's Damian Huxham was third on 25.68%, with Greens candidate Jenni Cameron and Independent Jannean Dean well behind.
Labor's Bruce Saunders has romped home in Maryborough.
The incumbent commanded 45.85% of the primary vote as of 9.15am, well ahead of One Nation's James Hansen (30.14%) and LNP's Richard Kingston (17.90%).
It is a far cry from the 2015 election when Mr Saunders required preferences to dethrone then-LNP member Anne Maddern.
With 76.99% of the electoral roll counted, it appears as if Mr Saunders has not only won re-election, but strengthened his hold on the vital electorate.