Independent Adam Blakester was "excited and pleased" with the support he had received, and said the result could go either way.
"I don't think anyone can read it," he said.
"Voters have a real opportunity here to have a real voice in Canberra.
"It's bigger than just me, it's dozens of us working to nut out the big issues - water, climate change, the economic development and diversification of the region."
THE incumbent New England MP has spent the final day before the election visiting his home town, while his independent rival said residents had a real opportunity to vote for change. Barnaby Joyce said "getting around where I grew up", near Woolbrook, was a pre-election tradition.