Xenophon targets 12 SA seats
POTENTIAL kingmaker Nick Xenophon says 12 is the magic number for the upcoming state election.
The South Australian Senator has taunted both major parties by holding off on announcing how many candidates will run under his SA Best banner next March, but says about 12 candidates will be unveiled by the end of the month.
“At least a dozen candidates I think is realistic, but we’re in it to win,” Senator Xenophon said.
We’d rather run fewer candidates with the aim that we know we’ll have a chance of winning.”
Senator Xenophon confirmed he’d run candidates in both country and metropolitan areas, and target electorates held by both major parties.
He rejected suggestions that candidates needed more than six months to campaign, pointing to an existing “mood for change”.
“We think a four to five month campaign in seats with good, strong candidates is enough and we think there’s a mood for change,” he said.
“All of these predictions are going to rely on having local candidates and having a strong alternative and a refreshing alternative to the major parties because I think people feel let down.”
SA Best’s polling is particularly strong in country areas and the Hills seats where NXT MP Rebekha Sharkie holds the Federal seat of Mayo, prompting Opposition fears it could struggle to hold as many as seven seats at the 2018 election, as well as fail to pick up independent-held Waite.
But Senator Xenophon’s assurance his approach would be “balanced” opens the possibility he will target a swag of Labor seats in the northern suburbs, as well as Whyalla.