Collie-Preston incumbent Mick Murray yesterday faced a nailbiting wait for votes to be recounted in what is shaping as the State's second closest election race.
The result from the South West electorate will not be known until Saturday after a full distribution of preferences.
The battle-scarred MP recalled similar memories of being stuck in post-election limbo.
"It's not new to me, having survived marginal seats for most of my political career," Mr Murray said.
In 2001, he pipped the Nationals' Hilda Turnbull by 34 votes to win the seat of Collie and in the last election he boosted his margin despite a 6 per cent swing against Labor.
"It is always a bit stressful but you just keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best," he said.
Mr Murray said it had been difficult to compete with the money that the Liberal Party were promising to throw at the seat during the campaign, including one to build a bridge over the Collie river, new facilities at the Eaton and East Dalyellup ovals and another $28 million for upgrades on the Coalfields Highway - $10 million more than Labor had pledged.
He did not stray far from his phone yesterday at his electorate office in Collie as scrutineers in Perth gave him half-hourly updates while votes were recounted.
Across the railway line, Liberal challenger Jaimee Motion was having a coffee with supporters.
The Liberal Party wrongly claimed victory for the seat on Twitter on Saturday night."As so happens with close seats, people get a bit excited perhaps too soon," Ms Motion said. "To be honest, I wanted to hold off until 100 per cent of the votes had been counted."
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