By George, Thomas may have won after all
SITTING Lismore MP Thomas George has made a strong comeback in pre-poll counting Monday.
George's vote has bumped up to 42.02%. while the Greens candidate Adam Guise has dropped to 26.89%.
George received 3,183 pre-poll votes in Lismore to Guise's 1,524.
The ABC is saying the Nationals will hold the seat with 52.6% on a two party preferred count.
Meanwhile, the Greens' Ballina candidate Tamara Smith still looks set to win the seat, despite her primary vote dropping to 26.5% after pre-poll votes were counted.
Ms Smith said it was still too close to call and she would not declare victory until the Electoral Commission had done the preference count.
Most election analysts are giving her the seat on the back of a preference deal with Labor's Paul Spooner who polled 24.8% of the primary vote, and a likely flow on from former Green Jeff Johnson who ran as an independent and polled 7.9%.