MONDAY, DEC. 17: As the polling station closed at Bright Temple AME Church in Warwick North East, PLP candidate Dale Butler was feeling confident.

“It's been a very long day but we had a wonderful time, Mr Pettingill and I. There was great camaraderie,“ he said.

“Mr Pettingill's team were very cordial and it went very well.”

Asked if he was confident of retaining the seat Mr Butler replied ”Yes”.

But he said voter turnout had been lower than he expected.

”I would have liked the numbers to have been a little better, a little higher. But it is what it is."