JACQUI Lambie, of the Palmer United Party, has stormed home to win Tasmania's sixth and final Senate seat following a cliffhanger count decided by preferences.
The Burnie-based candidate was a rank outsider on election day, but was nonplussed by the fortnight-long count that confirmed her as the state's newest Senator.
``To be honest, the wait wasn't that bad, I just went round picking up signs . . . it's been nice to be kept grounded,'' Ms Lambie said.
The surprise result has Ms Lambie thinking big - both of what she can achieve in Canberra and at the state election due in March next year alongside party leader Clive Palmer.
``We intend to win at least six state election seats, without fail,'' Ms Lambie said.
``You'll be seeing a lot of Clive Palmer in Tasmania before the state election.''
Ms Lambie is a 42-year old veteran's affairs campaigner and events planner, who said she spent the last fortnight ``praying to the big man upstairs'' to win the seat, which she was very grateful for.
She said she would be prioritising veterans affairs and Tasmania, ``both of which aren't in a good place right now''.
Crediting some of PUP's success to a protest vote, Ms Lambie pledged honesty while in the Senate.
``People are sick of the lies . . . if you can't achieve something, come out and tell people you cannot achieve them and then swing back around and see if you can fix the problem,'' Ms Lambie said.
She was very forthright with her views on the carbon tax, which previously strayed from PUP policy.
``I buggered it up, I'll be honest, on the day, it was a bit nerve-wracking with all you media around me,'' Ms Lambie said, before toeing the company line to abolish the carbon tax.
While other parties predicted PUP's vote to be around 2 per cent, mining magnate Clive Palmer's fledgling party polled 6.6 per cent of the vote on September 7, and won enough preferences from micro parties to edge the win.
Joining Ms Lambie in the Senate will be Liberals Richard Colbeck and David Bushby, and Labor's Carol Brown and Catryna Bilyk.
Green Peter Whish-Wilson was also elected after Labor preferences topped up the Green vote, which was just below a quota.
Ms Lambie beat Liberal candidate Sally Chandler and the Sex Party's Robbie Swan in the closest count in years.