ELECTION: Close and familiar race for the seat for Flynn

IT could be a case of history repeating, with two Flynn candidates on an anxious wait to see who will win the seat for the federal election.

With just 391 votes between leading Coalition's Ken O'Dowd and Labor's Zac Beers it could be days before we know who will win the seat.

Ken O'Dowd has received 63.54% of the 9201 postal votes counted so far, to Mr Beers' 36.46%

Former federal member for Flynn Chris Trevor said this election has mirrored the 2007 contest, when it took 14 days to call the seat.

Former ALP federal member for Flynn Chris Trevor.
Former ALP federal member for Flynn Chris Trevor. Brenda Strong GLA090913CRIS

On the night of the election he was thousands of votes in front of the Coalition's Glenn Churchill, but as the postal and absentee votes came in, his lead narrowed.

>> LIVE RESULTS: Postal, absentee votes favour Ken O'Dowd

"This is a very harrowing time for the two Flynn candidates," Mr Trevor, now a Gladstone councillor said.

"The emotions are difficult to deal with, in the sense that after an exhausted campaign you start to see the efforts of you and your team dissipate as the days go on," he said.

"It's a rough ride and being so close it's hard on the candidates, their families and for Ken his staff," he said.

"There's going to be joy and there's going to be tears, because someone has to lose and both of these candidates have run very good, solid campaigns."

A Monto resident, Karen Williams, kept almost 300 people in the Flynn electorate informed by creating the Facebook page, Electorate of Flynn - Federal Election 2016.

Here's the latest stats for the two-party candidate preferred votes: 

Mrs Williams, who was the election scrutineer at Monto, said the close results for Flynn showed why it was important for people to take their votes seriously.

"My hubby and I joke that we get more excited on an election night than most people do on a football grand final," she said.

"I know some people think it doesn't make a difference, but if you don't have faith in who is in then this is how you change it," she said.

Mrs Williams, a "swinging voter", noticed in Monto voters rushed in and out of the booths, just to "get it over and done with".

Of Monto's 694 votes, Ken O'dowd received 486 to Zac Beers' 208, but Mrs Williams said 10% of their votes were informal.

"I've always had a fascination with politics and I just wanted people to understand a little bit more about it all," she said.

"I don't care who people vote for but as long as they know why they're voting for them."

With 5,783 votes yet to be counted in this election, it's likely to be days before we know who will win the seat for Flynn.

On Saturday industry minister Christopher Pyne was confident the Coalition would retain the seat of Flynn, saying it was one of the seats they had "in the bank".


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