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Queensland Key Battleground

Queensland is a key battleground for both major parties as we wait to see whether the Coalition or Labor will get their nose across the line first.

Warren Entsh was earlier tipped to hold onto the seat of Leichhardt for the LNP, where he has a relatively safe margin of 4.1 per-cent.  

More marginal is Cathy O'Toole's hold on the seat of Herbert.  She beat Labor's candidate by just 37 votes in 2016. 

According to polling, Herbert is home to 56 per-cent of voters who support Mr Morrison as Prime Minister over Mr Shorten at 26 per-cent.

Ms O'Toole was expected to face off against the United Australia Party's Clive Palmer but Mr Palmer was blocked by the AEC so instead put forward Broncos legend Greg Dowling.  

An exclusive poll for The Courier Mail shows that in the marginal seat of Flynn, 55 per cent of voters, including one-third of Labor supporters, believe Adani is vital to the future of central Queensland.

Sitting member Ken O'Dowd is ahead of Labor candidate Zac Beers if the polls are to be believed.  

Mr Morrison managed to get to Herbert, Leichhardt and Flynn on Friday.  53 per-cent of voters in Flynn believe Mr Morrison would make the better PM when given a choice between him and Mr Shorten.  

But The Courier Mail poll and the Newspoll in The Australian predict that Labor will triumph on Saturday with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten more highly favoured in southern states.  

It should also be noted that two-thirds of the Newspoll respondents were polled after the death of former prime minister Bob Hawke.

Bill Shorten remained in Sydney, instead of blitzing regional Queensland, paying tribute to Mr Hawke.  

Dickson which takes in locations north of Brisbane is held by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton by just 1.8 per cent.  But polling reveals that Mr Dutton is likely to hold off Labour. 

By Michelle Price