Pauline Hanson and Steve Dickson attend a community BBQ in Buderim.
Pauline Hanson and Steve Dickson attend a community BBQ in Buderim. Patrick Woods

ONE NATION BOIL OVER: Shock result brewing in Coast seat

IS THERE a massive One Nation boil over brewing in the seat of Nicklin?

Today's polling booth turnout has seen a strong show of support for One Nation candidate Steven Ford, in the race to fill the seat vacated by departing Independent Speaker Peter Wellington.

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Labor hopeful Justin Raethel said his information from booths across the electorate had One Nation ahead on primary vote right now.

He was pleased with the response he was getting and said a large number of Labor faithful had turned out today, and tipped it'd become a battle of preferences to settle the seat.

Mr Ford wasn't prepared to bet on himself yet, noting he was on a "hiding to nothing" with both major parties preferencing each other ahead of One Nation.

It would take a significant ground swell to tip him past the 50.1% of the primary vote needed, but Mr Ford said today's turnout had been emphatic.

"I am (going well)," he said.

"I think we're going pretty well in all the booths that I've heard back from.

"Preferences will still be the problem.

"It's possible (that I'll get the numbers)."

ON THE MARCH: Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party on the Coast. L-R: Buderim MP and state leader Steve Dickson, party leader Senator Pauline Hanson and Nicklin candidate Steven Ford.
ON THE MARCH: Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party on the Coast. L-R: Buderim MP and state leader Steve Dickson, party leader Senator Pauline Hanson and Nicklin candidate Steven Ford. Scott Sawyer

He said masses of voters had pledged support for him today, frustrated with the LNP and Labor.

LNP candidate Marty Hunt said it was hard to tell which way the votes were flowing, with everyone positive and friendly, but tough to gauge.

"It's so hard to tell, it really is," he said.

He said it was a mixed bag in terms of who was taking how-to-vote cards and who wasn't.

He feared a protest vote may swing the way of One Nation and said it would leave the area behind.

Mr Hunt was hoping people backed him and his party's commitments to the region.


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