THE Palmer United Party will poll even better at the next election with the benefits of incumbency, according to the party’s Calare candidate Brian Cain.
He might not have felt a swing as high as the party’s national average, but the political newcomer was still able to bump The Greens from third place in Calare with 4.74 per cent of the vote.
“We got within the parameters we expected throughout the country,” he said.
“The result in Calare itself is right where we expected between 4 and 6 per cent.
“It’s to do with the dissatisfaction with Labor and The Greens in this area.”
While there was no one reason for the party’s success, Mr Cain acknowledged Clive Palmer’s decision to pour millions into a media campaign paid off.
“We got a lower house and Senate seat and we might have a second member of the lower house,” he said.
Mr Cain said the party now planned to meet and plan for several candidates to run for State Parliament as well as the next federal election.
But he was uncertain if he would put his hand up as a contender.