Nick Xenophon is unlikely to play a starring role in Rebekha Sharkie’s bid to retain the South Australian seat of Mayo in an upcoming by-election.
Nick Xenophon’s name will be expunged from the parties he founded, with the former senator’s name to be dropped from SA Best and his federal ‘Team’ seeking a radical rebrand to become the “Centre Alliance”.
In the second and final part of his analysis of what went wrong with Nick Xenophon’s tilt for state parliament, Haydon Manning – a quasi-insider in the SA Best campaign – reveals how the party leader had given up hope for his own election weeks out from polling day.
Political scientist Haydon Manning ceased commentary on the state election due to his close family ties to Nick Xenophon’s SA Best. However, in the first of a two-part series, he now provides a warts-and-all analysis of what went wrong in the campaign – the lack of funding and seasoned campaigners, and the strategic mistakes from the man who insisted on running the show almost single-handedly.