News State South Australia Weatherill hopeful, but SA poll too close to call
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Weatherill hopeful, but SA poll too close to call

Jay Weatherill
AAP
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• Liberals win majority government in Tasmania

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says Labor is still confident of retaining power in South Australia after an election that remains too close to call.

Mr Weatherill says his party will seek the support of two key independent MPs who could be crucial if the result delivers a hung parliament.

“As I stand before you now, we’re hopeful of retaining government in South Australia,” he told supporters.

“It has been a tough campaign.

“Obviously I’ll be back to speak to you to conclude what has been the unfinished business of tonight.

“I hope that we’ll be saying that we are governing once again in South Australia.

“Continuing to govern for the people of South Australia.”

At the close of counting on Saturday, Labor looked set to win 23 seats and the Liberals 21, with two being retained by independents and one remaining in doubt.

However, about 160,000 pre-poll and postal votes remained to be counted, which could turn the tide in a number of electorates.