Razor thin margin separates Whitsunday candidates
WEDNESDAY 6PM: THE next Whitsunday MP is yet to be decided as just 15 votes separate the two women leading the electorate count.
ALP candidate Angie Kelly has edged ahead of LNP's Amanda Camm, securing 8799 first preference votes, or 32.98 per cent of ballots.
TUESDAY 4PM: The race for Whitsunday remains on a knife's edge with fewer than 70 votes separating Amanda Camm and Angie Kelly in the primary vote.
LNP candidate Amanda Camm has retained her lead securing 8551 ballots, or 33.08 per cent, of the official first preferene count.
It puts her fewer than 30 votes ahead of ALP candidate Angie Kelly who has secured 8522, or 32.97 per cent, of first preference votes.
Factoring in expected preferences, Ms Camm surges ahead to lead by almost 700 votes with 7977 ballots, or 52.28 per cent, of the unofficial indicative count.
Ms Kelly trails on 47.72 per cent, or 7281 votes.
But more than half of the ballots have not yet been counted, with 19,000 votes remaining to be tallied.
Either Ms Camm or Ms Kelly will replace Jason Costigan, who formed his own party NQ First after he was expelled from the LNP in 2019.
MONDAY 4PM: LNP's Amanda Camm has edged in front of her political rival as votes continue to trickle in for the seat of Whitsunday.
Earlier today, Ms Camm had secured 33 per cent of the preliminary vote compared to ALP's Angie Kelly on 32 per cent.
As at 2.45pm, Ms Camm was on 33.08 per cent compared to Ms Kelly's 33.05 per cent.
But preferences are expected to put the LNP across the line, with 73 per cent of votes counted.
The Wikipedia page for the electoral district of Whitsunday has already been updated to show Ms Camm as the elected MP, despite there being no final result yet.
She said it was "looking positive" for the LNP today.
"But we're still just awaiting those final results and hopefully by tomorrow we will have an outcome," she said.
Ms Kelly has not conceded, saying there was little update to provide at this stage.
"The counting continues and we will just have to wait and see," she said.
Meanwhile, defeated Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan has remained active on social media throughout the weekend and today.
Mr Costigan shared an article about Deb Frecklington standing down on his official MP Facebook page today, adding the comment: "Ding, ding … The witch is dead".