• Hannah Phillips

Who Will Win the SA Electorate of Mayo?

Adelaide’s awash with rumours that, in the wake of the resignation of Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie, one of the members caught up in the citizenship debacle, from federal Parliament on Wednesday, Nick Xenophon will stand as a candidate in the South Australian electorate of Mayo.

Image Source: Australian Electoral Commission

Following Ms Sharkie’s statement to the House, which included a declaration that she would recontest the seat, Mr Xenophon took to twitter, writing “She [Ms Sharkie] has my 100% support in the upcoming by-election” but it appears that there’s a spot of scepticism in political circles about his intentions.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall told reporters “Anything could happen with Nick Xenophon and his party.”

The Premier confirmed that the Libs would run a candidate in the seat, previously regarded as something of a Liberal stronghold and held by Jamie Briggs until the 2016 election, but declined to say whether that candidate would be Georgina Downer, daughter of Alexander, a previous incumbent of the seat.

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