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Lawrie unlikely to keep Karama in NT poll

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016 Neda Vanovac

It has been a devastating election for several high-profile Northern Territory politicians, and one of them, Delia Lawrie, says it's unlikely she'll retain her seat.

With a 15-year political career, Ms Lawrie led the Labor Party in opposition until she turned independent last year, being dumped following a difficult legal saga over the granting of a 10-year rent-free crown land lease to Unions NT in 2012.

On Wednesday she took to Facebook to say it seemed likely she would not win back her seat.

"Dear friends I'm sorry to say that it looks like I will not retain the seat of Karama," she wrote.

She trails Labor's Ngaree Ah Kit by 60 votes, and although some postal votes were yet to come in before the deadline of September 9, Ms Lawrie said: "I cannot see the result significantly turning around."

"Thank you all for your beautiful support. I cherish the 15 years of helping my community."

Meanwhile, another former party leader looks set to win his seat - former Country Liberals chief minister Terry Mills, who returned to politics to run as an independent, will win his old seat of Blain.

He leads Labor by 97 votes, and with only 57 postal votes yet to come in, the ABC's election analyst Antony Green has called it for Mr Mills.

But the man who rolled him for the top job in 2013, chief minister Adam Giles, was struggling to retain his Alice Springs seat of Braitling, which he previously held by a margin of almost 20 per cent.

Labor's Dale Wakefield widened the gap from 11 to 24 votes, while postal votes are yet to be counted.

In Nhulunbuy, Labor is being forced to come to terms with the fact that one of its longest-serving and most respected parliamentarians, Lynne Walker, may be defeated for her seat, which she has held since 2008.

Ms Walker has been challenged by Yolngu man Yingiya Mark Guyula, who currently leads by 22 votes.

Former deputy chief minister Willem Westra van Holthe is also fighting to keep his seat of Katherine, but is trailing Labor's Sandra Nelson by 38 votes.

Overall, Labor looks to hold 16 seats, with four independents and only two CLP, and three seats still too close to call.

On Wednesday morning, Labor leader Michael Gunner was sworn in as chief minister, with Nicole Manison as treasurer and Natasha Fyles as attorney-general.

Once the election result is final the rest of the cabinet will be sworn in.

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