ELECTION: All the action as the count continues

ELECTION DAY: Fraser Coast casts its vote

11.30AM MONDAY: Our state members have been returned, but more results are still rolling in from the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

In Maryborough, Labor's Bruce Saunders still holds a strong lead with 45.89% of the primary vote as of the latest results which came through at 09:56AM.

About 84% of the roll (49 booths) have been counted.

Ted Sorensen still holds the lead in Hervey Bay with 37.76% of the vote as of 09.44AM.

 81.40% of the roll (35 booths) have been counted.

8.50PM: There is jubilation in Urangan where LNP party faithful are celebrating the near certain re-election of Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen.

With 11 booths counted, he has so far received 35% of the primary vote.

Dozens of campaign staff and volunteers have arrived at the Bayswater Hotel for the victory party.

There he thanked the crowd, voters and his wife Jenny for their support and said "there's more to be done and next week it's back to business as usual".

8.40PM: Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen appears to have locked in a fourth successive term in parliament.

The LNP representative boasts 35.37% of the primary vote, slightly ahead of Labor's Adrian Tantari on 31.76%.

But Mr Tantari, when addressing his campaign team at their private function, appears to have already cast an eye to 2020.

"Sometimes in politics things happen, and it happened for a reason," Mr Tantari said to his team.

"Wish and hope as we move forward we work towards 2020.

"I really appreciate all the effort and time put in. Be very proud of yourselves."

Mr Tantari is yet to offically concede.

8.25PM: One Nation candidate James Hansen believes there will not be a result in Maryborough tonight.

Mr Hansen has earned more than 30% of the primary vote with almost half of the electoral roll counted.

Maryborough's One Nation candidate James Hansen with his wife at a private election function watching results come in.
Maryborough's One Nation candidate James Hansen with his wife at a private election function watching results come in. Carlie Walker

He said he did not expect a quick result in the "seesawing vote", leaving a sleepless night for the Fraser Coast councillor.

Mr Hansen said the results to date showed how disillusioned people are with the major parties.

Incumbent MP Bruce Saunders has garnered 45% or the primary vote.

8PM: Labor hopeful Adrian Tantari believes Hervey Bay will be a two-horse race between he and incumbent MP, LNP's Ted Sorensen.

He highlighted the Electoral Commission of Queensland's "notional results summary", which lists Mr Sorensen and One Nation candidate Damian Huxham.

"(It's) too close to call and tonight's indicative count they got the wrong two candidates: (I'm) beating Huxham in all but two booths," Mr Tantari said. "It will be down to me and Ted."

Mr Tantari boasts 32.74% of the primary vote with 18% of the total primary votes allocated. Mr Sorensen has 37.08% of first preferences.

Labor candidate for the state seat of Hervey Bay - Adrian Tantari.
Labor candidate for the state seat of Hervey Bay - Adrian Tantari. Alistair Brightman

7.55PM: Major media outlets predict both Hervey Bay and Maryborough will be retained by incumbent MPs.

ABC previously predicted One Nation candidate James Hansen would claim Maryborough on the back of a major swing, but with 43% of votes counted predicts Labor's Bruce Saunders will retain the important seat with a 2.6% swing.

Mr Saunders leads the vote with 43.80% of first preference votes. Mr Hansen is second on 31.12%.

LNP's Richard Kingston is third on 18.23%. 

In Hervey Bay, incumbent Mr Sorensen boasts about 36.65% of the primary vote, ahead of Labor's Adrian Tantari (32.89%).

 

7.35PM: One Nation's Damian Huxham is well behind the major party in the battle for Hervey Bay.

Mr Huxham has garnered just 22.84% of the 4525 votes counted so far. Incumbent MP Ted Sorensen leads with 36.62%, with Labor's Adrian Tantari close behind on 32.55%.

"Always hoping for a positive outcome, but realistically its a David and Goliath battle here," Mr Huxham said. "That's our situation."

7.30PM: Incumbent Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders maintains a strong lead with one quarter of votes counted.

The Labor MP 45.64% of the primary vote. One Nation's James Hansen is the next best with 31.36%.

The ABC is predicting Mr Hansen will claim Maryborough with a 6.8% swing. Sky News has predicted Mr Saunders will retain the seat.

Preferences are expected to play a major role in Maryborough again. 

Mr Saunders was delivered into office in 2015 on the back of preferences, when he seated Anne Maddern.

WILL HE RETAIN? Sky News and Nine say Labor MP Bruce Saunders will retain Maryborough, but ABC has predicted a win for One Nation's James Hansen.
WILL HE RETAIN? Sky News and Nine say Labor MP Bruce Saunders will retain Maryborough, but ABC has predicted a win for One Nation's James Hansen. Contributed

7.15PM: The first results are rolling in for Hervey Bay and it is looking good for LNP incumbent Ted Sorensen.

Mr Sorensen, who is bidding for a fourth term in parliament, has recorded 36.79% of the 2172 votes counted so far.

Labor's Adrian Tantari is second with 32.13%, with One Nation's Damian Huxham third on 22.38%.

7.10PM: ABC has predicted current Fraser Coast councillor and One Nation candidate James Hansen will win Maryborough.

Mr Hansen has commanded 28.44% of the 5520 votes counted so far. Incumbent MP, Labor's Bruce Saunders, leads Mr Hansen with 48.88% of the vote so far.

Sky News has Maryborough listed as "too close to call".

7PM: Incumbent MP Bruce Saunders has weathered an early surge from One Nation's James Hansen to hold a strong lead after 5000 votes were counted.

The Labor MP, who won the seat in 2015, has 48.09% of the primary vote. Mr Hansen is next best on 29.07%, with LNP candidate Richard Kingston third on 15.48%.

Results are yet to come in for Hervey Bay, where LNP incumbent Ted Sorensen hopes to prevail against One Nation's Damian Huxham and Labor's Adrian Tantari.

 

6.45PM: The first results are trickling in from Maryborough, a seat described as one of the top 25 to watch

Just 700 votes have been counted so far, but it already appears to a tight three-way race between Labor incumbent Bruce Saunders (37.23%), One Nation's James Hansen (36.38%), and LNP's Richard Kingston (22.4%).

Results are yet to come in for Hervey Bay, where LNP incumbent Ted Sorensen hopes to prevail against One Nation's Damian Huxham and Labor's Adrian Tantari.

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