After 16 years of Labor, Jay Weatherill concedes defeat to Liberal leader Steven Marshall. (ABC News: Mathew Smith)
Labor leader Jay Weatherill has conceded defeat in the South Australian election race, with the Liberals poised to form government for the first time in 16 years.
“A few moments ago, I called Steven Marshall and conceded that he had won this state election,” Mr Weatherill told supporters.
“I passed onto Steven Marshall my congratulations from our party, on his personal achievement, and also the achievement of his candidates, in winning their seats, and forming a government for the state of South Australia.”
The ABC election computer is predicting the SA Liberals will win a majority of seats.
“It looks highly unlikely Labor can win the election and it looks like it will be a Liberal Government,” election analyst Antony Green said.
“It’s a question of whether it’s a majority or minority Liberal Government.”
The ABC’s election computer is predicting the Liberals to win the 24 seats needed to form government in its own right.
Despite strong challenges from Labor and SA Best, Liberal leader Steven Marshall looks likely to secure his seat of Dunstan in Adelaide’s east and, by extension, become the state’s next Premier.
SA Best has so far fared nowhere near as well as predicted, with current indications it will struggle to win a seat and leader Nick Xenophon unlikely to win his battle for Hartley.
Liberal candidate Vincent Tarzia thanks supporters after seeing off Nick Xenophon. (ABC News; Matthew Doran)
The ABC is predicting that seat will be comfortably retained by Liberal candidate Vincent Tarzia.
A defiant Mr Xenophon is still predicting his party will have a presence in Parliament.
“This is, this is not the beginning of the end, it’s actually the end of the beginning. Because I think we’re going to see some very interesting things happening,” he said.
“Let’s wait and see what happens. It will be a long night. We won’t have an idea for three or four days as to what is happening.”