In the 2016 election, Mr Evans won a 6 per cent margin, securing 49.85 per cent of the first-preference vote. The former National Retail Association president became one of the youngest MPs to join the House of Representatives.
On Saturday morning, he was out and about at New Farm State School handing out how to vote cards and shaking hands, and by Saturday evening he was celebrating the retention of his seat.
“Things are looking damn good out there aren’t they?” he said to cheers and applause from the party faithful sharing a beer in a local rugby club in Albion.
«At the moment the counting here in Brisbane shows that we are looking at somehow exceeding the record result we received last time.
«And if that strong result stays true, it will mean that we have once again won Brisbane by the biggest margin ever since federation in 1901.»
That strong result did not quite stay true; by 11pm, Mr Evans had suffered a 1.45 per cent swing against him, but was still well short of losing the seat.
Mr Evans thanked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for running a strong campaign, thanked his partner, Roger, and his campaign team for their efforts.
Only briefly did the cheerful mood in the Evans headquarters break as former prime minister Tony Abbott conceded the loss of his own seat in Sydney, the room of bright-blue-shirt-wearing volunteers and party members falling silent to listen to his speech.
Mr Evans said he was looking forward to «all of the hard work ahead» — after a sleep-in on Sunday morning.
«I always told everybody that you never want to be overconfident but you’ve got to be cautiously optimistic and you’ve got to work hard right up to the last moment,» he said.
«I think this just proves that’s a great recipe.»
Young volunteers in the Evans campaign cited his strong leadership in the marriage equality debate and the LNP’s benefits for young voters as reasons why they were wearing the blue-and-yellow volunteer shirts.
«I think on issues like marriage equality, Trevor was a key person in the party to make that come through,» volunteer Amelia Edwards said.
«For me personally that was a really big thing.»
The Greens were left with a small swing toward them, carving a little more away from Mr Evans’ lead and weakening Labor’s first-time candidate Paul Newbury’s position.
Senator Larissa Waters, out campaigning on Saturday morning with Mr Bartlett, said her party was hopeful of securing Brisbane, along with two other neighbouring seats — Ryan, held by the LNP on 9 per cent, and Griffith, held by Labor on 1.4 per cent.
On Saturday night, Queensland Greens candidates and volunteers set up their party in the Brisbane suburb of West End.
By 10pm, as the verdict of the national polls was being realised, Mr Bartlett took to the stage to address the crowd.
«As we all know, literally 10 times, probably 20 times as people all around the state at the moment — if you think of that literally, thousands of people gave their time today … not just to try and get people to vote Green but to get people to realise the significance of the issues and the values that we stand for,» he said.
«And whilst I have to admit what’s unfolding here … in regards to the composition of the federal House of Representatives has given me a lot of pause for reflection, I’ve also noticed that not just Green seats but seats around the state in areas much harder to get support than here … that Green vote has continued to increase.»
Labor’s interest in Brisbane was focused on Dr Newbury, who also spent time speaking with voters at New Farm State School on Saturday.
His party secured 26 per cent of the first-preference vote in 2016 with candidate Pat O’Neill — not enough to beat Mr Evans.
Dr Newbury, a businessman with experience in the electricity industry and a PhD in renewable energy, ran on a platform of climate change and financial boosts to schools and hospitals.
While less than a percentage ahead of Mr Bartlett, by 8pm it was clear Dr Newbury had not managed to topple Mr Evans, and a short time later he called to concede.
Dr Newbury said his team was «disappointed» but he was proud of their efforts, and Labor would bounce back.
He said after reflecting on the dire circumstances of many Australians trapped in unemployment, he had «nothing to complain about in the scheme of things».
Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council.