Nicklin tipped to go the distance to determine a winner

It's the cliffhanger few saw coming and the race for the seat of Nicklin could soon become a marathon.

Insiders are tipping the vote count to extend through to at least the November 10 cut-off for postal votes to be returned to the Electoral Commission Queensland.

Unofficial numbers received by the Daily late Sunday indicated LNP incumbent Marty Hunt may have reversed the trend somewhat, and had secure a lead of about 200 votes over Labor's Robert Skelton, after prepoll and postal vote counts carried out Sunday.

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The latest results published on the Commission's website on Sunday evening showed Mr Skelton with a slim lead of about 80 votes on preferences in the unofficial indicative count, after 19,955 votes had been counted.

Sources inside Mr Skelton's camp told the Daily the results had been "to and fro" throughout Sunday, and it was "going to go down to the wire".

It was understood there were about 5000 more postal votes to come back and absentee vote preferences to be calculated, and specialist scrutineers were being brought up from Brisbane to pore over the ballot papers for Mr Skelton over the coming days.

Mr Hunt said he was waiting to learn the result with so many postals still out there, and he was prepared for a "long 11 days" ahead.

"It's going to be a bit of a wait and see," he said.


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