Mal Brough mingles with voters
Mal Brough mingles with voters

It's mine - Brough claims Fisher as Fairfax tussle goes on

MAL Brough claimed Fisher for the LNP at 1.30pm today, emerging a clear winner over the Palmer United Party's Bill Schoch.

Mr Brough, had a 4343-vote lead on Mr Schoch overnight and counting this morning confirmed his ascendancy.

He will finish with around 54.1% of the two-party preferred vote to Mr Schoch's 45.9%, and returns to parliament for the first time since he lost the neighbouring seat of Longman at the 2007 election.

Mr Schoch conceded shortly afterwards, saying his defeat now looked obvious on the figures.

"It just goes to show how difficult it is for people who vote one colour all their lives to change,'' he said.

"It takes something extraordinary for that to happen.''

Mr Schoch said he had enjoyed a terrific time throughout the campaign and had taken the opportunity to meet face-to-face with people.

"I heard Peter Slipper and Mal Borugh were never to be seen so I made sure I went to every business in the electorate,'' he said.

"I've lost 5kg and two notches on my belt. I'm trying to work out what I've saved on personal trainer fees.''

He said it had been a mammoth task, never attempted before, to get a political party up and running in three months.

"We've gained a lot of experience from this campaign,'' Mr Schoch said.

In Fairfax, Clive Palmer's lead over the LNP's Ted O'Brien extended by 253 votes to 1644 after he led by 1391 overnight.

He now has 51.16% to Mr O'Brien's 48.84%. as counting continues this afternoon.