KEPPEL VOTES: Brittany Lauga dedicates her victory to miners
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10pm: BRITTANY Lauga has dedicated her victory in retaining the seat of Keppel to 180 miners who have been locked out of work for 138 days.
"Those 180 (Glencore) men are the best miners in this state," she said.
"Those men are doing a really important job for workers across this state. They are standing up and saying 'we won't tolerate companies stripping away our rights, taking away our rights at work'.
"And that's something I think is admirable."
Mrs Lauga said this in an address, thanking her supporters and family members to help her in the 'tough' campaign.
"This has been a hard election," she said.
"When I think about the last four weeks... It's been a marathon. We fought hard. We had the LNP on our backs. We had One Nation on it as well.
"We had a lot at stake here in this election - in Keppel, in Central Queensland and Queensland wide.
"But people today voted at the polls and they said that they wanted a strong and stable Palaszczuk Labor Government in Central Queensland and in Queensland.
"People don't want more cuts."
She said she was "incredibly honoured" to have been elected to represent the Keppel for the past three years and again for a second term.
"I can't wait to get back to work fighting for the people and the community I love - Keppel."
9.15pm: BRITTANY Lauga has thanked all her supporters and family members for helping her win this campaign at the post election party at Emu Park.
Meanwhile, Liberal National Party candidate Peter Blundell was reportedly humble in his conceding speech at Yeppoon.
He thanked his supporters and family members and said "We've got three years to get this right."
8.45pm: SITTING member Brittany Lauga has declared victory for the seat of Keppel with 45% of the vote counted and Mrs Lauga retained a significant lead throughout the polling tonight.
She announced the declaration via Facebook moments ago.
7.57PM: The results in Keppel are certainly pointing towards a victory for Labor's incumbent MP Brittany Lauga.
Mrs Lauga spoke to the Morning Bulletin to share how she was feeling.
"Based on the results so far, I'm quietly confident."
"I felt it was a really positive response on the ground at the polling centres."
She said she went to most of the electorates polling centres today, including Norman Gardens, Frenchville and Yeppoon State High School.
She didn't get to have her Democracy Sausage today.
"She's (Odette) asleep at the after party."
"There's still a lot of prepoll votes to be counted."
She said she understood that about 50% of Keppel electorate prepolled.
She said the high amount of prepoll votes was the reason it took a couple of days for the seat to be declared at the last election.
7.22PM: Labor's incumbent MP for Keppel Brittany Lauga has sent in a picture of herself with her baby daughter Odette casting her vote his morning.
Ms Lauga is in the box seat with early counting indicating she has a commanding 44 per cent of the vote.
6.49PM: The first results are starting to trickle in for Keppel.
6.27PM: PETER Blundell says he feels the vote for the next Keppel MP will not be announced tonight, but rather in a couple of days after preference votes and some of the postal votes roll in and get counted.
"I think it's going to a hard one to call early," the Liberal National Party candidate said after polling booths closed today," Mr Blundell said.
"I think it may take a while. It may come down to preference votes and postal votes.
"Hopefully we will get a trend of what is happening tonight."
He said it was a good day at the polling centres with some stopping to have a chat with him and others asking about his stance on issues like mining and full-term abortion.
5.48PM: WITH the polling booths due to close shortly, here's an update on what some of the Keppel candidates have had to say about how their election days have gone.
Matt Loth - One Nation candidate:
"Today has been interesting there is a strong clear message from the community they want change," Mr Loth said.
"My confidence is in my work and preparation.
"In regards to the result no one will know until it is all over and ever vote counted.
"Anyone who thinks the seat of Keppel is easy to bag is kidding themselves."
Clancy Mullbrick - Greens candidate:
"Spent the day at my old high school," Mr Mullbrick said.