WHILE many people expected a win to the Liberal National Party, opposition candidates are buoyed at having reduced the margin the LNP holds in the Southern Downs.
As counting continues, the LNP's James Lister held 41.21 per cent of the vote, followed by One Nation's Josh Coyne with 20.15 per cent.
The result is a stark contrast to the 2015 election, when Lawrence Springborg won 62.79 per cent of the vote.
It also raises the question of whether the Southern Downs will remain a safe seat for the LNP in future years.
ALP candidate Joel Richters said he was looking forward to the future.
"It's been a good campaign. There's been an overwhelming majority for the LNP, but we're happy with the result that we have seen," Mr Richters said.
"We've been able to fight off One Nation for second on the list when it comes down to two-party preferred.
"With votes still coming in, currently it looks like a 6.2 per cent swing to Labor, which is going against the trend in regional seats. This is fantastic grounding to work on for the next state election.
"As others have alluded to, I'm confident Labor will secure enough seats to form a majority government, and will continue to work with the Southern Downs.
"I would've liked representation, but Labor will still be able to show they have the passion and skills to deliver what the Southern Downs deserves."
Independent candidate Rob Mackenzie said he was positive despite the defeat.
"My gut feeling is (James) Lister will get in," Mr Mackenzie said.
"I thought Josh (Coyne) is in a position I hoped to be in, and with preferences I might have caught him.
"The LNP and ALP votes are where I thought they would be.
"I'm buoyed by the fact Goondiwindi has supported me, but other, bigger centres were too much for an independent to claw back.
"Generally there has been a swing against independents, so I've done well to get the vote that I did.''