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Independent Rob Mackenzie, Labor candidate Joel Richters, LNP candidate James Lister and One Nation candidate Josh Coyne.
Independent Rob Mackenzie, Labor candidate Joel Richters, LNP candidate James Lister and One Nation candidate Josh Coyne. Matthew Purcell

A FRESH new face will take the helm of the Southern Downs electorate on Saturday.

Incumbent member Lawrence Springborg's time is up after a near three decade spell in charge of the region, but the question remains: who will be his successor?

LNP candidate James Lister has been campaigning for roughly 10 months and, according to the bookies, is hot favourite as Springborg's heir apparent.

The history books are firmly on his side.

Country and Liberal National Party representatives have largely held the seat for the better part of 70 years.

Five other candidates will be looking to steal the show come Saturday.

Independent candidate Rob Mackenzie, likely to run Lister closest, has been out in force for some months.

The Goondiwindi councillor was one of four contenders for the LNP's pre-selection, which was ultimately won by James Lister.

In July, Texas-based mine worker Josh Coyne was named the One Nation candidate for the Southern Downs seat, while the candidate for Greens is Antonia van Geuns.

Labor announced their candidate at the last minute, sending Goondiwindi healthcare worker Joel Richters into the running on November 7.

In early November, Jay Nauss also decided to run as an Independent candidate at the election.

The Glen Aplin resident has been on his push bike all week speaking to voters he's yet to meet face-to-face.

Preferences are certain to play a big role in this corner of Queensland with Mr Mackenzie set to benefit from the support of One Nation, as well as, against his party's wishes, from Labor's Joel Richters.

The LNP have swung their preferences to the other Independent in the race, Jay Nauss.

Rob Mackenzie has sided with One Nation while Greens candidate Antonia van Geuns' preferences remain a mystery.

The bookies have Mr Lister at almost unbackable odds, though they have failed to include Rob Mackenzie or fellow Independent Jay Nauss.

The LNP have been installed as $1.11 favourites with Ladbrokes, ahead of One Nation at $5.50, Labor at $34 and the Greens at $51.

A Ladbrokes spokesman reported the LNP opened at $1.05 before drifting out to their current quote, with One Nation firming in from $10.

The race for the Premier position is hotly contested, with UBET installing the Liberal Nationals as slight favourites over the Labor Party.

The Liberal Nationals are currently $1.75, ahead of Labor at $2 and One Nation at $26.

UBET have reported the market has changed slightly since opening late in October, with Labor drifting from $1.90 to $2 and the Liberal Nationals firming from $1.85 to $1.75.

Topics:  state election 2017

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