ROCKHAMPTON DECIDES: ALP close to victory as count continues
UPDATE SUNDAY 10.50AM: A significant number of votes have been counted this morning, giving greater clarity about the state of the election race in Rockhampton.
With 26,752 votes now counted (73.24 per cent), Labor's incumbent candidate Barry O'Rourke remains in the box seat, securing 44.81 per cent of the primary vote (11,426 votes).
The LNP's Tony Hopkins remains in second place with 23.27 per cent of the vote (5934 votes) followed by One Nation's Torin O'Brien with 12.35 per cent (3,148 votes).
They are followed by Independent Dominic Doblo (6.95 per cent), LCQ's Laura Barnard (3.9 per cent), KAP's Christian Shepherd (3.86 per cent) and The Greens' Mick Jones (3.34 per cent).
UPDATE SATURDAY 10.15PM: IT doesn't appear that there will be any more updates on the vote count tonight.
Thanks for following the count with us tonight and we'll continue to follow the outcome of the election tomorrow.
UPDATE 9.40PM: THE flood of counted votes is slowing to a trickle.
With over 12,000 now counted (33 per cent of the total), it's appearing more and more certain that Labor's Barry O'Rourke will reclaim the seat of Rockhampton with his 43.43 per cent share of the vote - a 4.8 per cent swing towards him.
He's followed by the LNP's Tony Hopkins in second place on 22.88 per cent and One Nation's Torin O'Brien in third place on 12.88 per cent.
Behind them were Independent Dominic Doblo (6.28 per cent), Legalise Cannabis Qld's Laura Barnard (5.28 per cent), The Greens' Mick Jones (3.95 per cent) and KAP's Christian Shepherd (3.59 per cent).
The Morning Bulletin understands that the ECQ counted Rockhampton's votes anticipating that One Nation would finish in second for the two-party preferred like they did in 2017.
With the LNP set to claim second place, it appears that the votes will need to be recounted for the proper distribution of preferences tomorrow.
While jubilant with the result, Mr O'Rourke was anticipated to give a "cautious" speech (without claiming victory) thanking his family, supporters and volunteers who were gathered at the Red Lion Hotel.
UPDATE 8.20PM: LABOR'S Barry O'Rourke is edging towards delivering a victory speech after vote counting crossed the 10,000 ballot mark.
His lead has stretched to 43 per cent - well ahead of his LNP (21.4 per cent) and One Nation (13.6 per cent) challengers.
UPDATE 7.45PM: APOLOGIES for the delay in updating but we've had tech issues.
With over 6,700 votes now tallied, Labor's Barry O'Rourke is in a commanding position, capturing 42 per cent of the vote.
He is trailed by the LNP's Tony Hopkins in second place with 20.9 per cent of the vote and One Nation's Torin O'Brien in third place with 13.6 per cent of the vote.
INITIAL: WE'RE off and running with vote counting for the seat of Rockhampton and results are starting to trickle in.
With almost 500 votes counted, incumbent Labor candidate and election favourite Barry O'Rourke has shot out to an early lead with 45 per cent of the primary vote.