NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner (left) and Territory Alliance leader Terry Mills (right) (Images: AAP/Charlie Bliss, AAP/Aaron Bunch)

Saturday's election in the Northern Territory produced a result to warm the hearts of incumbents the nation over, as a shambolic government presiding over a moribund economy secured what looks to have been a comfortable win.

The result may not have put mutterings about Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s hold on the Labor leadership to rest, but his one-note campaign on COVID-19 undoubtedly did the job, despite drawing attention to the fact that the government's record had little else to commend it.

The exact scale of the win is still unclear, with at least a mathematical possibility remaining that Labor will fall short of a clear majority of 13 seats out of 25.