LNP's O'Dowd to retain Gladstone-based seat of Flynn

MONDAY: ALP candidate Chris Trevor conceded the election to LNP sitting member Ken O'Dowd after 11am on Monday.

SUNDAY: Political experts don't seem in any doubt that the LNP's Ken O'Dowd has retained the seat of Flynn.

At 10.30am Mr O'Dowd was still well in front of the ALP's Chris Trevor, with 54.67% of the two-party preferred vote to Mr Trevor's 45.33%.

A total 109 of the electorate's 113 booths had been returned.

The seat was called a win for the Coaltion early on election night, despite both main candidates declining to declare a victory or concede.

SATURDAY 10.20PM: The leading Flynn candidates are both saying the result is too close to call.

With 65.89% of the vote counted, Ken O'Dowd is leading Chris Trevor on a two-party preferred basis 56.78% to 43.22%.

We're going to wrap up our election coverage for the night, but will have an update on Sunday.

Chris Trevor watches Kevin Rudd give his concession speech on television.
Chris Trevor watches Kevin Rudd give his concession speech on television.

You can follow the action with the electoral commission's live tally room here.

8.47PM: Unlike the 2010 election, it looks like a result may be declared in Flynn tonight. The Australian Electoral Commission isn't calling Flynn a close contest.

8.25PM: A total 78 of 109 polling booths have been returned, and 54.15% of the vote has been counted.

Ken O'Dowd leads with 45.04, followed by Chris Trevor 34.38, Steve Ensby 9.65, Richard Love 3.92, Serena Thompson 2.16, Craig Tomsett 1.77, Renae Moldre 1.51, Duncan Scott 0.85 and Kingsley Dickins 0.72.

On a two-party preferred basis, the count looks like this: O'Dowd 55.94% and Trevor 44.06.

O'Dowd has secured a 2.36% swing at this stage on the two-part preferred vote.

7.59PM: The ABC is calling the seat of Flynn a win for Ken O'Dowd. Mr O'Dowd holds 45.16% of the vote to Chris Trevor's 34.46, with 38,513 votes counted.

7.53PM: Observer reporter Mara Pattison-Sowden is out and about in Gladstone tonight, and says it's quiet and empty at the main candidates' parties.

Ken O'Dowd is talking to supporters, while Chris Trevor and his crew are focused on the results coming through on a computer.

There are about 20 people at each party. Mr O'Dowd is at the Gladstone Racecourse members' rooms, while Mr Trevor is at Brothers Rugby Leagues Club.

Both candidates are being coy about the results so far.

7.42PM: With 26,724 votes counted, Ken O'Dowd is on 48.01% and Chris Trevor is on 31.79%.

7.18PM: With about 15,550 votes counted now, the vote is starting to even out, with Ken O'Dowd on 46.79% and Chris Trevor on 33.67%.

7PM: With 4260 votes counted so far, this is how things are looking:

Ken O'Dowd LNP 54.67%, Chris Trevor ALP 25.48%, Steve Ensby PUP 8.51%, Richard Love KAP 4.84%, Serena Thompson GRN 1.81%, Renae Moldre Family First 1.79%, Craig Tomsett Independent 1.29, Duncan Scott Independent 0.92%, Kingsley Dickins RUA 0.69%.

6.54PM: Here's a shot of everyone hard at work in the Gladstone tally room. That's quite a pile of ballots!

Electoral commission staff hard at work at the tally room in Gladstone.
Electoral commission staff hard at work at the tally room in Gladstone.

6.35PM: Results have started to trickle in. So far Ken O'Dowd is on 58.48%, Chris Trevor 22.11, Steve Ensby (PUP) 8.11%, Richard Love (KAP) 6.14% and Renae Moldre (Family First) 1.97%.

6.23PM: Here's a shot of Ken O'Dowd out and about today.

Ken O'Dowd out on the hustings.
Ken O'Dowd out on the hustings.

And one of the voting lines at Clinton.

The voting lines at Clinton.
The voting lines at Clinton.

Chris Trevor hands out how to vote cards.

Chris Trevor hands out how to vote cards.
Chris Trevor hands out how to vote cards.

6.10PM: LNP member Ken O'Dowd won the seat of Flynn with 53.58% of the two-party vote in 2010, beating current ALP candidate Chris Trevor 46.42%.

Flynn is a marginal seat in Queensland, and an online survey last week by APN suggested a win for the Coalition.

Voters supporting Labor have today expressed concern about job security, education and the NBN, while Coalition voters were concerned about getting the budget out of deficit.

Reporter Mara Pattison-Sowden has been out and about today, and reports Chris Trevor received a warm reception at old school, Central State, while Mr O'Dowd had a positive morning in the rural areas.

6PM: THE polls have now closed and the counting begins. The Observer will keep you up to date with news as it unfolds in the seat of Flynn.

You can share your views in our live chat below, and check out the Australian Electoral Commission's virtual tally room here.

APN's group-wide rolling coverage can be found here.

APN has reporters on the ground from northern NSW to North Queensland, feeding through updates on what's happening in their local areas.

We also have reporters with Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd, as well as coverage of some of the more colourful characters including Clive Palmer.

Locally, it was a busy day in Boyne-Tannum, with a constant stream of voters. 

More than 300 people were lined up at 8am at the Boyne Island Community Centre booths, according to officer in charge Ray Andrews.

"It hasn't stopped here all day," he said.

Tannum Sands State High School booths were also popular, with the organisers of a sausage sizzle fundraising for BITS Golf Club juniors on the site running out of snags.

"We had to go out and buy some more," organiser Carol Shuttleworth said.

 

 



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