Sitting Capricornia MP Michelle Landry casts her vote this morning at the Rockhampton Baptist Church polling booth.Photo Amber Hooker / The Morning Bulletin
Sitting Capricornia MP Michelle Landry casts her vote this morning at the Rockhampton Baptist Church polling booth.Photo Amber Hooker / The Morning Bulletin Amber Hooker

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UPDATE SUNDAY 9AM: THE seat of Capricornia is still undecided this morning with the ALP's Leisa Neaton leading by 1.36% of the two candidate preferred vote.

Ms Neaton holds 50.68% to the LNP's Michelle Landry's 49.32%.

In Flynn, the ALP's Zac Beers took the lead overnight with 51.79% of the two candidate preferred vote to the LNP's Ken O'Dowd's 48.21%.

It comes as Prime Minister Malcolm Tunrbull said overnight the LNP would retain government. 

"I can report based on the advice I have from the party officials, we can have every confidence that we will form a Coalition majority Government in the next Parliament," Mr Turnbull said from Sydney.

 

Neither major party candidate was ready to declare victory or concede during a night of minor swings between the Capricornia LNP candidate Michelle Landry and Labor candidate Leisa Neaton.

As of 10.25pm Capricornia LNP candidate Michelle Landry took back poll position, securing 50.01% of the two candidate preferred (TCP) vote, ahead of Labor candidate Leisa Neaton's 49.99%.

With eight booths yet to be returned for the seat of Capricornia, 53.85% of the votes have been counted.

First preference count for the division of Capricornia as of 10.30pm are:

  • The Greens, Kate Giamarelos: 4.77%
  • Katter's Australian Party, Laurel Carter: 6.91%
  • Family First, Laurel Carter: 6.91%
  • Liberal National Party of Queensland, Michelle Landry: 37.65%
  • Independent, Ken Murray: 4.92%
  • Australian Labor Party, Leisa Neaton: 39.39%

In the electorate of Flynn the voting remains clost with sitting MP Ken O'Dowd, LNP, holding 51.48% of the TCP vote and Labor's Zac Beers sitting at 48.52%.

There are four seats in doubt, these are Capricornia, Cowan, Forde and Petrie.

The Morning Bulletin will keep you up to date with more election coverage tomorrow.

10.30PM: THE pre-poll vote count for the seat of Capricornia is "a bit of a Russian roulette exercise".

That is according to Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne who is among the ALP supporters at Leisa Neaton's head quarters tonight.

"I think it's finely balanced but it's encouraging to be slightly ahead at this point and that's testament to the good campaign Leisa ran against a very well organised opposition who were very well resourced as most people saw around the town, there were lots of resources and lots of money put into this by the LNP," Mr Byrne said.

"I'm very pleased about it."

He said a 40% pre-poll was "concerning".

"Pre-polls are always a bit of a Russian roulette exercise," he said.

"There is a whole journey that an electorate goes through in those last two weeks leading up to the actual vote."

Ms Neaton said she did not believe a clear winner for the seat would be announced tonight.

"Obvioulsy the results are going up and down at the moment and we are just waiting to see what that final outcome will be," she said.

"We're not sure whether we'll have a final outcome tonight but really tonight is about thanking our volunteers.

"Our campaign has been run by volunteers, their efforts have been tireless and we couldn't have done it without them particularly out in the further centres, out in the mining communities.

"It's 91,000 square kilometres, you can't do it yourself, you need a good team around you."

9.40PM: Capricornia's two party preferred votes are still neck and neck with ALP's Leisa Neaton leading with 50.39% compared to ALP's Michelle Landry, sitting on 49.61%. 

LNP member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd currently holds 51.38% of the two party preferred vote compared to ALP's Zac Beers at 48.62%. 

Taking a moment from friends, family and supporters at her Rockhampton function tonight, Ms Landry said she is quietly confident she will make history; hopeful the LNP will hold the seat of Capricornia for the second consecutive term.

"We are nervous, excited but we have just had some really good news that in the primary vote in Yeppoon we are 1300 ahead in the pre-poll, so very excited about that," Ms Landry said.

"My son-in-law is a champion, broken arm and all he has been there rallying the troops.   "And we have also found out in the primary vote up in Mackay pre-poll we are 400 ahead there so things are starting to creep up."

Ms Landry said while she does not think either party will declare victory tonight, she feels confident the vote will swing in favour of the LNP.  

"Last time when I ran in 2013 we were 100 behind on election night and we had a 10-day wait then for the postal votes to come in.  

"When they started to count that it was a couple of hundred, couple of hundred and we won by 1300 votes," she said.
"So I am feeling that tonight we are further ahead.  

"I believe there is 11,000 postal votes to count, so I am hoping that a lot of that comes our way.   "So there's been a turn with a lot of my colleagues in Queensland, so we remain optimistic that we can win this."

 

9.15PM: THE ALP continue to gain two party preferred votes in Capricornia with Leisa Neaton's tally climbing to 50.38% to LNP's Michelle Landry's 49.62%.

In Flynn sitting LNP member Ken O'Dowd holds 51.51% of the two party preferred votes to ALP Zac Beer's 48.49%.

8.30PM: ALMOST 50% of the Capricornia electorate vote's have been counted with ALP candidate Leisa Neaton taking the lead.

Current Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry holds 49.66% of the votes to Ms Neaton's 50.34%.

In Flynn current sitting member Ken O'Dowd holds 51.61% of the two party preferred vote to ALP's Zac Beers on 48.39%.

Katter's Australian Party candidate Laurel Carter is following in the first preference count with 7.04% of the votes.

Ms Carter spent the day in her home town of Mackay handing out how to vote cards with her sister.

 

8PM: IT'S all systems are go at camp Neaton, with a optimistic buzz in the air as the race for Capricornia remains near split down the middle.

With 36 out of 61 polling places returned and 30.25% of votes counted for the two candidate preferred vote LNP candidate Michelle Landry maintains her lead by just 0.56% ahead of Ms Neaton.

The current vote is 50.28% for Ms Landry and 49.72% for Ms Neaton.

"Counting's in progress and the results are looking tight so our volunteers are making their way back to our campaign office having something to drink, having something to eat, awaiting positive results both here and on the TV," Ms Neaton said.

With 45 out of 61 polling places returned, the first preference count is:

  • ALP, Leisa Neaton: 17,446 votes (40.33%)
  • LNP, Michelle Landry: 15,981 (36.94%)
  • Katter's Australian Party, Laurel Carter: 3,067 (7.09%)
  • Family First, Lindsay Temple: 2,332 (5.39%)
  • Independent, Ken Murray: 2,237 (5.17%)
  • The Greens, Kate Giamarelos: 2,195 (5.07%)

 

7.30PM: MORE than 17% of the votes have been counted with the ALP and LNP virtually neck and neck for the seat of Capricornia.

LNP candidate Michelle Landry holds 50.5% of the two party preferred count while ALP candidate Leisa Neaton holds 49.5%.

Katter's Australian Party candidate Laurel Carter follows with 7.21% of the first preference vote.

In Flynn current sitting member for the LNP Ken O'Dowd holds 51.99% of the two party preferred vote with the ALP's Zac Beers holding 48.01%.

But there is a candidate running for the seat of Capricornia who thinks whether they win or lose is 'insignificant'.

Independent Ken Murray said he enjoyed a relaxing day with his wife and was having a low profile night, undisturbed by the federal election tally ticking away.

"Well I'm very relaxed about the whole thing because whether I win or lose it's insignificant to me because I'm here for the long haul," he said.

"As an independent I don't need to be elected  because I've been here all along and I'm here for the long haul anyway to take care of the vulnerable and those that are strong in the community and the small and the great."

7PM: WITH eight out of 61 polling places returned for Capricornia, the vote has taken an early swing in favour of Labor candidate Leisa Neaton.

Currently Ms Neaton is in poll position, securing 1,582 votes (40.03%), closely followed by Ms Landry at 1,473 votes (37.27%).

Katter's Australian Party candidate Laurel Carter has so far secured 255 votes (6.45%), followed by The Greens' Kate Gaimarelos with 241 votes (6.1%).

Independent Ken Murray is in fifth position at 202 votes (5.11%) and Family First candidate Lindsay Temple is coming last at 199 votes (5.04%).

The Projected two candidate preferred (TCP) for Capricornia is nearly split down the middle, with Landry ahead at 50.37% and Neaton at 49.63%.

 

6PM: AS the sun set on federal election polling day, the last of the sausages sold and final voters made their way through the booths, those in the running for the seat of Capricornia are all but calling it a day.

LNP candidate Michelle Landry and ALP candidate Leisa Neaton were hot on voters' heels today, handing out their own how to vote cards across the Rockhampton region.

But the six candidates have a long night ahead of them awaiting the outcome as vote counting kicked off at 6pm.

Leisa Neaton spent the day with 17-year-old daughter Lily chauffeuring her from booth to booth but said a 40% pre-poll meant the bid day was not quite so big.

Leisa Neaton and daughter Lily.
Leisa Neaton and daughter Lily. Emma Clarke

 

"What we are finding is a lot of people have come through pre-poll so it's a bit quiet at this end of the afternoon," Ms Neaton said.

"There certainly has been a positive vibe. It's a big morale booster when you see people saying good luck and keep going, you've got this."

It is Ms Neaton's first federal election campaign but despite the marathon journey, she said she had no firm plans post outcome.

"I don't really have a plan B at this stage, all of my focus has been on trying to win at his election and I've been immersed in that for the last 12 months in a part time capacity, for the last eight or ten weeks in a full time capacity," she said.

"I've certainly learned a lot, it's been a great opportunity to meet new people, visit new organisations, and really understand the work many of our community originations do.

"I absolutely have enjoyed the learning journey and I don't really want to talk about anything apart from the result of this election at this stage."

She said it had also been a long journey for the electorate's community.

"No doubt it has tested the energy of volunteers and candidates, I think also it would be fair to say the Australian public. A lot of people have expressed their disappointment with the amount of TV advertising, the number of corflutes," she said.

"I think it would be fair to say the electorate is quite election fatigued at the moment."

Michelle Landry pounded the pavement until the clock struck six and the polls closed.

She said she hoped the outcome of the election would allow her to make history for the electorate and have the LNP win the seat two terms in a row.

Sitting Capricornia MP Michelle Landry casts her vote this morning at the Rockhampton Baptist Church polling booth.Photo Amber Hooker / The Morning Bulletin
Sitting Capricornia MP Michelle Landry casts her vote this morning at the Rockhampton Baptist Church polling booth.Photo Amber Hooker / The Morning Bulletin Amber Hooker

 

"I think today has gone quite well, it's a great day to be out on the polling booths," she said.

"People have been very respectful, it feels quite good out there but anyway we are waiting in anticipation for tonight to see what the results are going to be.

"I would love the chance to be able to change history for Capricornia and win the seat the second time."

Ms Landry said whatever the outcome she appreciated the support she had received by the Capricornia community.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to serve Capricornia," she said.

"I have done everything that I can do but we will just have to wait for a bit later until we see what the result is, I truly don't know."



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