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Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne is at risk of losing his eastern suburbs seat at the next election, a union poll shows.

The CFMEU poll found a Nick Xenophon Team candidate would get 38 per cent of the primary vote in the eastern Adelaide seat of Sturt, compared to 30.8 per cent for Pyne and 17.4 per cent for Labor.

“Without a Xenophon candidate it’s a very close result but with a Xenophon candidate, it makes very clear that Christopher Pyne would be in trouble,” CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor told FIVEaa radio on Wednesday.

Xenophon has confirmed he will run a candidate in Sturt but says he’s sceptical about the poll results.

The Reachtel poll of more than 700 people in the electorate was conducted last week.

SA Unions secretary Joe Szakacs said the poll showed a huge two-party preferred swing agains the Liberals in the seat.

“The two-party preferred results reveal that not only is Mr Pyne facing a massive swing away from him towards Labor (52-48 LIB ALP 2PP, compared with 60-40 LIB ALP 2PP at the last election) but that if Senator Nick Xenophon stands a candidate for the seat, that person would win with a 62-38 2PP,” he said.

The Labor Party is in the process of preselecting a candidate for the seat.

– with AAP

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