JOBS, jobs, jobs has been the mantra of just about every party vying for Tasmanian seats - from the major two to the new crop of conservative micro parties, for the entire campaign and long before that.
From $100 million dished out to businesses across the state to a plan to turn Tasmania into the marijuana capital of Australia, each party has tried to come up with answers designed to fix the country's worst unemployment rate and, of course, win votes.
After months of working on these jobs growth policies, Labor was first to unveil its plan, simply hijacking the $100 million economic diversification fund once linked to the forestry peace deal and effectively using it for pork- barrelling. Any advantage Labor might have gained from this tactic disappeared when the Liberals matched the promise and added a few more carrots like increasing the amount for Launceston's North Bank precinct redevelopment and a trial of a scheme to encourage businesses to hire long- term unemployed Tasmanians.
Northern Tasmania has hogged the attention of the parties' resources as Labor incumbents in Braddon and Bass face defeat to the Liberals. It is in these two electorates that the leaders and deputy leaders have visited most often during the campaign.
Overall, it's been a "decidedly unimpressive" five weeks, as University of Tasmania political analyst Richard Herr summed it up.
Dr Herr said each side's jobs plans seemed "cobbled together and vague", failing to impress voters.
Exporters had hoped the federal election might prompt the major parties to seriously tackle freight woes. Instead, Labor came up with a jointly federal-state funded $40 million package over two years and the Liberals said another study was needed.
Labor's attempt to scare the electorate about Tony Abbott's so- called plans to cut Tasmania's share of GST failed to gain traction. More successful was the suggestion that the Liberals would halt the rollout of the national broadband network.
Forestry has gone under the radar until this last week of the campaign. Mr Abbott's emphatic statement that he would repeal the World Heritage area as part of his party's plan to stop the "lock up" of any more forests is in stark contrast to Labor's resolute backing of the three-year forestry peace process.
No disasters on the campaign trail, but Tasmanian candidates have had their fair share of blunders. Bass Labor MHR Geoff Lyons was caught out misrepresenting his rival's military service, the Liberals Franklin candidate Bernadette Black's memorable foray into social media made national news, and independent Andrew Wilkie regrets pouring his heart out to the media about his broken relationship.
Tasmanians' tendency to vote on the basis of a strong local candidate might save Labor in Lyons and Franklin. This week's exclusive poll by The Examiner confirmed Liberal Andrew Nikolic was set for a landslide victory in Bass.
Expect a similar result in Braddon, while Mr Wilkie is likely to be returned in Denison with an increased margin.