9.30PM: THE main contenders in the race for Bundaberg mayor will have to wait until at least tomorrow to find out who will lead the region, with Bill Trevor and Mal Forman locked on almost even numbers.
Both candidates said the result was far too close to call tonight, with each of them on about 37% of the vote after 52 of 101 booths counted.
Incumbent mayor Lorraine Pyefinch is further back on 22%, while Moore Park businessman Leo Karnauchow is out of the race with just 3% of the vote.
Mr Trevor - who has so far polled a whopping 71% of the mayor vote in his home division based in Childers - said the count so far was "a little too close for comfort".
He said he felt Mr Forman may poll better in the Bundaberg polling booths as counting went on, because of the former Bundaberg City deputy mayor's profile in the city.
"I think, if anything, Mal has to be in the box seat, but we haven't given up yet," he said.
Mr Forman, who has won about 40% of the vote so far from electors in divisions 4 through to 10, said he had expected it to be a close race.
"I thought it would be pretty hard. I always thought that it would be between Bill and I, but there's still a long way to go," he said.
Cr Pyefinch could not be contacted for comment.