‘Well-deserved’: Blevin congratulates Bolton in Noosa
LNP candidate for Noosa James Blevin has wished independent Sandy Bolton all the best, saying her victory was "resounding and well-deserved".
Mr Blevin took to social media on Sunday morning to concede defeat in the 2020 Queensland election.
"Congratulations Sandy Bolton MP," he said. "A resounding and well-deserved victory. All the very best for this next four-year-term; I hope it delivers much for Noosa."
Ms Bolton held back tears as she told her supporters on Saturday night the election was never about winning for her.
Surrounded by a sea of teal at the Noosa Pirates Leagues Club, the independent Noosa MP was set to retain her seat on Saturday night.
In a touching speech, an emotional Ms Bolton thanked her large team of volunteers which she called "her family."
"This journey was never about winning, because that's not what I'm about," she said.
"It's about taking forward a message about the power of people, good people."
At the last count, Ms Bolton had nearly 45 per cent of the first preference votes, followed by Mr Blevin with nearly 26 per cent.
Labor candidate Mark Denham came in third with 15 per cent of the votes.
Mr Blevin said on Saturday night he was happy with his campaign and had no regrets.
The 31-year-old candidate said he could now focus on getting back to his role as an accountant and the next life chapter as a soon-to-be dad.
"I have been on three months unpaid leave so I need to get back to work and make some money," he said.
It was a noisy affair at the Noosa Pirates Leagues Club where Ms Bolton gathered with her supporters, dressed in teal-coloured T-shirts, to watch the election results come in.
The large crowd only turned rowdier when bad weather cut off power to the building.
Noteworthy supporters in the crowd included former Noosa and Sunshine Coast mayor Bob Abbot and Noosa councillor Joe Jurisevic, also dressed in teal t-shirt.
The Sunshine Coast Daily reported on Saturday night Ms Bolton had held a victory speech. However, Ms Bolton is yet to officially declare.