Vote counting continues for seat of Bundy

As counting continues, Labor's Leanne Donaldson says she's quietly confident.
As counting continues, Labor's Leanne Donaldson says she's quietly confident. Mike Knott

AS COUNTING continues for the seat of Bundaberg in the state election, the LNP's Jack Dempsey is currently ahead, but Labor's Leanne Donaldson says she's quietly confident.

An Electoral Commission spokesperson yesterday told the NewMail counting was still ongoing.

"At the moment our offices are counting 1st preference votes in order to establish the order of candidates," the spokesperson said.

"The final distribution of preferences can only start when the final order of the candidates is known."

With 36 of Bundaberg's 42 polling booths now counted, Mr Dempsey has a 1.63 % lead (402 votes) on Ms Donaldson.

Mr Dempseys current lead is a far cry from the 2012 election where he won the Bundaberg seat with a 29.43% lead (7858 votes) on the Labor candidate of the time.

Doing a bit of housework yesterday, Ms Donaldson she said she was enjoying the downtime.

"Because I know I'm probably not going to get much of it in the next little while," Ms Donaldson said.

Ms Donaldson said she wasn't going to stress about the result.

On primary votes, Mr Dempsey is ahead, but Ms Donaldson believes she'll overtake him in preferences.

"I'm still quietly confident," she said.

"When the preferences from the minor parties have been distributed, they'll be distributed amongst either Jack or myself.

"And that's where, in that final result, I'm ahead."

While Mr Dempsey was yesterday unable to be contacted for comment, Ms Donaldson said she was feeling okay.

"It's a bit like the campaign, there's highs and lows, you've worked really hard for this to get this result," she said.

"But it's just a process; it has to take its time.

"Everyone's keen to get the result, but it has to be done carefully, so you can't rush it."

Bundaberg count to date

  • Jack Dempsey 41.56%
  • Leanne Donaldson 39.93%
  • Robert Brown 11.71%
  • Meg Anderson 3.95%
  • Richard Freudenberg 2.84%

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