Richards deemed to be in front in Redlands but McEachan has not conceded

COUNTING in the state seat of Redlands looks like it will go down to the wire.

COUNT ON: Redlands MP Matt McEachan with his daughter India, 13, and mother Carolyn Cook at his election night party at Redlands Rugby League Club. Photo: Hannah Baker

COUNT ON: Redlands MP Matt McEachan with his daughter India, 13, and mother Carolyn Cook at his election night party at Redlands Rugby League Club. Photo: Hannah Baker

Sitting LNP MP Matt McEachan said he was not yet conceding defeat.

Labor Party scrutineers are confident their candidate Kim Richards is ahead and the ABC’s election analyst Antony Green is also calling the seat for Ms Richards.

Mr McEachan fought a strong grass roots campaign against big odds but faces a big preference challenge from One Nation candidate Jason Quick and independent candidate Peter Dowling.

PARTY TIME: ALP candidate Kim Richards, son Luke and supporters.

PARTY TIME: ALP candidate Kim Richards, son Luke and supporters.

Mr Quick so far has 17 per cent of the vote and his how-to-vote card directs preferences to Mr Dowling whose card directs preferences to Ms Richards.

It remains unclear how closely their supporters would have followed preference directions.

Capalaba ALP MP Don Brown said Ms Richards won on the primaries and was also getting a good flow of preferences from the Greens.

“Matt won with the pre-polls and he might be hoping for a good flow from postals but it’s hard to see him catching up with those,” he said.