It was business as usual in Kennedy but a shock around the country as the Coalition defied the polls to retain power.
As of Sunday morning Mr Katter could be in a position to keep the balance of power with the LNP on 74 seats and Labor on 66, and a national swing of 0.66 to the LNP.
The LNP need 76 for an outright victory with five seats still in doubt.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will likely look for support from the crossbench of five members which includes Zalli Steggall who defeated Tony Abbott.
It also includes Mr Katter who was re-elected for the 10th time, with a comfortable majority in the seat of Kennedy and a 61-39 2PP victory over the LNP.
Based on what Mr Katter said before the election, he will be happy to continue to push his "leverage" over the current government than having to work with Mr Shorten with whom he admitted he did not have a great relationship.
Mr Katter spent election day in Edmonton, a suburb of Cairns which has replaced Mount Isa as the largest population centre in the electorate and he put his increased majority to his improvement in the suburbs of Cairns, having come from third to first in the last couple of elections.
Mr Katter thanked all the voters and his supporters who handed out How to Votes cards on election Day throughout his vast electorate.
"It's a magnificent victory for us," Mr Katter said.
He acknowledged the responsibility on his shoulders to represent Kennedy in the 46th Parliament of Australia.
"All the people who stood out in the hot sun and also in the drizzling rain working hard for what they believe in; it is always a very humbling experience and I never, ever expect to win," he said.
"I am very appreciative of the people that give me another opportunity because I love the fight."
Mr Katter, who has held the massive seat since 1993 had a 1.5pc swing taking 40.3pc of the vote.
Second was Frank Beveridge of the LNP with 27.2pc, down 5.3pc on 2016.
Mr Beveridge said it was an honour and a privilege to stand for election.
"I have worked hard to cover the length and breadth of the vast Kennedy electorate," Mr Beveridge said.
"I have spoken to, but more importantly listened to farmers, labourers, business owners, health workers, retirees, teachers, miners, and stay-at-home Mums and Dads to name but a few.
Third was Labor's Brett McGuire who took 17.7pc and 10,321 votes down 1.9pc on last time.
Mr McGuire also thanked his supporters.
"I would like to say how thankful I feel for all the hard work everyone put in over the last few weeks - all the volunteers and helpers on polling days, the people that put up corflutes, knocked on doors and made phone calls," Mr McGuire said.
UAP's Sue Bertuch finished fourth with 6.7pc, the Greens Lyle Burness was fifth with 5.3pc and Ian Hackwell of Fraser Anning got 2.6pc.