Amid Liberal party chants of "four more years" and flanked by his wife Nicky and two of his children, Mr Hodgman said it was a great privilege to be Tasmania's premier.
The Tasmanian Liberal government, under fire for telling only farmers and shooters of its plan to change the state's gun laws, has declined on the eve of the state election to reveal what other policies it has released directly to interest groups.
Premier Will Hodgman has kept a low profile the day after a bittersweet Tasmanian election win clouded by the death of his former cabinet colleague and childhood friend Vanessa Goodwin.
It was the second election in a row where they had lost seats.
Mr Hodgman visited her in hospital and at night paid tribute during an emotional victory speech.
"I thank you, Vanessa, for what you have done to help me and our party be the very best it can be", Hodgman said.
"There's a lot riding on it, not just for me and the team, but for our state".
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The extensive interview was not published until January because Cohen had threatened to sue the magazine, according to reports. Cohen complained shortly after the election that he had been reimbursed for the payment, the people said .
Mr Hodgman trumpeted strong economic management and job creation over a relentless five-week campaign. Many Tasmanians remain affected by the murder of 35 people in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.
With two seats yet to be declared, the Liberals had won 13 and ALP nine, up from seven in 2014, while the Tasmanian Greens have been all but vanquished having won only one seat when counting was suspended on Saturday.
In the Hobart tally room, Ms O'Connor claimed the Liberals had been bought by the gambling industry, as the state debated poker machines as a key election issue.
The proposal was reportedly sent to the gun lobby weeks ago, but was not published on the Liberal Party website.
Ms O'Connor said it was money that had come out of the pockets of some of Tasmania's poorest people and had a message for Mr Hodgman's Liberals. "We are seeking to find an appropriate balance - one which supports our families that work in the rural sector, but which is not inconsistent with national gun laws".
In Bass, the Greens' Andrea Dawkins is in real danger of losing her seat.