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McFetridge (right, with former colleague Peter Treloar) believes he is in the box seat to retain his seat. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily

"It’s one of the dumbest things the Liberal Party ever did..."

Nick Xenophon’s SA Best is not expected to field a candidate in the emerging key election battleground of Morphett, while a former Labor candidate says his party is unlikely to win the seat – with cashed-up independent Duncan McFetridge set to benefit at his former party’s expense.