Regardless of which party claims victory, the Gilmore electorate will have a new member tomorrow night for the first time in 17 years as incumbent Joanna Gash steps aside.
No longer will the long-serving Liberal MP be spotted in her trademark white Toyota Tarago traversing the Gilmore electorate's 4878 square kilometres.
Instead Mrs Gash's focus will be entirely on the Shoalhaven part of her electorate where she is now mayor.
The Gilmore electorate stretches from Warilla in the north to Ulladulla in the south, taking in the major centres of Kiama and Nowra.
Mrs Gash made the Gilmore electorate her own over 17 years with victory at six federal elections, although winning wasn't always easy for the backbench warrior.
She held off a strong challenge from former Kiama mayor Sandra McCarthy at the 1998 poll, bucked a statewide trend to survive the 2007 Ruddslide and then defied a boundary redistribution into the Labor heartland of Shellharbour City to win in 2010.
Mrs Gash said the secret to her success in Gilmore was a combination of hard work and understanding the electorate's diversity.
"You have to go out to the people, that is where you learn what the issues are ... then you work within the party to achieve those things," she said.
"In Gilmore there are people with many different needs.
"In the north there are people with mortgages, then in the south there are more retirees and veterans.
"Job security is something that is very important across Gilmore.
"It is an electorate where it is not always national issues that affect the local area."
Attempting to follow in Mrs Gash's footsteps is her staff member Ann Sudmalis who unsuccessfully stood for the state seat of Kiama in 2007, then lost a bitter Liberal preselection battle to eventual Kiama MP Gareth Ward in 2011.
Ms Sudmalis last year won an equally bitter Liberal preselection for Gilmore over another former Gash staffer and Shoalhaven councillor Andrew Guile and has been campaigning ever since.
Ms Sudmalis, a former Kiama councillor, inherits a margin of 5.3 per cent over Labor's Neil Reilly.
Mr Reilly, a Kiama councillor, is hoping it will be third time lucky after two unsuccessful campaigns against Mrs Gash.
Only five names appear on the Gilmore ballot paper this time around, with Bomaderry resident Terry Barratt standing for the Greens, Lyndal Harris - the great-granddaughter of former Labor prime minister Billy Hughes - standing for the Palmer United Party and Steve Ryan standing for the Christian Democratic Party.
Issues to have arisen in this campaign have been the Princes Highway - as always - despite its classification as a state road.
Debate over penalty rates has added a new dimension to the continuing issue of job security and unemployment.
New to the Gilmore debate this time is the National Broadband Network which is already in place in some parts of the electorate, but there are concerns about how and when it will be connected in other parts, and its cost.
The Coalition's paid parental leave plan has not exactly been popular with self-funded retirees and pensioners who account for more than 20 per cent of the Gilmore vote.
The future of the region's defence facilities and gay marriage have been two issues to gain some traction in the final week of the Gilmore campaign.
The electorate, created in 1984, is named after Dame Mary Gilmore, the well-known poet, author and journalist.
Initially stretching from "Cowra to Nowra" the seat was held by John Sharp (Nationals) from 1984 to 1993 and when a redistribution made it primarily a coastal seat in 1993 it was won by the ALP's Peter Knott who held the seat until 1996.