Tom Tate has claimed victory in the Mayoral election, but insists now is not a time to be popping open the champagne.
With 35.32 per cent of the vote now counted, Mr Tate has 56.39 per cent of the vote.
His nearest rival Mona Hecke is sitting on 22.59 per cent.
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Mr Tate fronted the media on Sunday afternoon, promising to do everything to help the Gold Coast get through the coronavirus crisis.
“Today’s not the day to celebrate, today’s the day to get ready and work hard for the city,” Mr Tate said.
“I know that tomorrow morning I’ll be catching up with the CEO and look at the measures we can take to help the City of the Cold Coast and residents to come through this pandemic.
“It is a tough time for everyone and this council coming in, I will put this forward to the newly elected councillors.
“We have to work together as a team and put the city first.”
Mr Tate thanked his wife Ruth and his campaign team for their support.
“And the people of the Gold Coast who voted for me and put their faith in me for this next term.”
Earlier Ms Hecke posted a video to supporters saying she was “gobsmacked” at the results, believing the results would have been much closer.
“It has been staggering, that’s an understatement, to see some of the percentages coming through,” Ms Hecke said.
“I was obviously as surprised as the rest of you, I am gobsmacked by some people’s thought processes and their voting preferences is really interesting.
Ms Hecke says she would continue to monitor the count and would wait for pre-poll and postal votes.
“Disappointing, staggering, extraordinary, there’s lots of great descriptive words I could use.
“Hopefully that will improve a bit, but I would have liked to have thought it would be a closer race than it is.”