Donald Trump... popular in division eight on the Sunshine Coast.
Donald Trump... popular in division eight on the Sunshine Coast.

Donald Trump scores surprise Coast council votes

DONALD Trump has just secured one per cent of the vote in Sunshine Council's Division Eight.

Adrian Brooks-Price said he was surprised to hear he wasn't the only one who did it.

"It was a joke," he told the Daily

"I added a box and Trump's name ...ticked it."

Not that I endorse Trump but the system is run by clowns...why not Trump."

The outcome for Mr Trump was almost half that achieved in Division Three by David Wilson who had an ambitious plan to build an Opera House that failed to cut through with voters.

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Triumphant Division Eight candidate, returning councillor Jason O'Pray, said his scrutineers had been surprised to see that were simply heaps and heaps votes recorded for the US Republican front-runner.

Last night there was some speculation Mr Trump would likely espouse the building of a "wall of Mexico" between the Sunshine Coast and Noosa as part of his platform.

The votes for Mr Trump were cast as informal by voters unable to make a decision about the two candidates - Jason O'Pray and Adriana Adamska-Bland.

Mr Trump's popularity in a council division that sits inside the Fairfax electorate, has quickly led to comparisons between him and the sitting member Clive Palmer.

Critics of Mr Palmer have described him as the "Donald Trump of Australian politics."

MORE: View the latest Sunshine Coast and Noosa election results here



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