WHILE all three major parties were talking up their chances of Senate success, the Greens have come home strongest after dedicating much of the party resources to the race for seats in the upper house.
Securing the election of Launceston-based Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is top of the Greens' Tasmanian election priorities, with their last internal poll suggesting they would succeed.
``It showed we were at 16 per cent, a quota . . . much stronger than the ReachTEL public polls suggested,'' Senator Whish-Wilson said.
The Launceston-based Senator has sought a higher media profile than competing candidates, with a focus on environmental protection, industry diversification and his pet cash-for-containers recycling scheme.
He's pledged to base himself in Launceston for the next six years, and increase his party's focus on jobs if elected.
``Building an alternative vision for jobs and industries here is really important . . . if you want to take pressure off cutting things down and digging things up, we need to be realistic and provide alternatives for employment,'' he said.
Both Labor Senator Lin Thorp and Liberal candidate Sally Chandler - Senator Whish-Wilson's contenders for the final two Senate seats - have largely kept to the background, putting their efforts behind House of Representatives candidates.
Senator Thorp said she had campaigned most strongly in Bass and in Franklin, the site of her former state electorate, but had picked up none of the negativity that characterised her departure from state politics.
``I was the only Labor person up for election and it came right at the time of budget cutbacks, so it was all targeted at me, whereas this will be all about the standing of the party in the community,'' Senator Thorp said.
Then education and police minister, the Labor veteran lost the Legislative Council seat in 2011.
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck said trade specialist Sally Chandler ``deserved a seat'' after a strong Senate campaign.
``Our candidates are doing a fantastic job campaigning,'' he said.