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Xenophon Is Preferred SA Premier: Poll

Outgoing federal senator Nick Xenophon has been named as the preferred premier for South Australia - but he just wants to win a seat.

A statewide poll of 806 voters last week reveals Senator Xenophon as the preferred premier with 41 percent support, compared to Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall both on 21 percent support, The Australian reports.

When asked on the Nine Network how he felt about the title "Premier Nick Xenophon", he replied:

"I don't know about that, let me win a seat first," Senator Xenophon said.

"It is going to be a very interesting election campaign. 148 days to go.

"But it will be an election campaign like no other and it will change the duopoly. First I have to win the state seat of Hartley."

A privately commissioned Galaxy poll puts Senator Xenophon's party in a tight second position in the primary vote, with the Liberals on 31 percent, SA Best on 30 percent and the incumbent Labor Party on 26 percent.

SA Best will field up to 20 candidates in lower house seats Senator Xenophon believes they can snatch from the two major parties, while five candidates will run for the upper house.

Senator Xenophon is one of seven federal MPs whose citizenship status is before the High Court - his mother was born in Greece and his Cyprus-born father held a British passport.

It's unclear when the High Court will hand down its ruling.

In the Senate on Wednesday night, he said he did not know when he would be making his last speech, but hoped "this won't be it, because I have a lot to say about many issues affecting my home state of South Australia".


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