Marshall's Liberals win majority government

Premier-elect Steven Marshall congratulated by jubilant Liberal Party supporters at the Hackney Hotel on Saturday night. AAP Image  Tracey Nearmy

South Australia's state election in which the Liberals managed to oust Labor from power and the federal by-election outcome in Batman - where Labor's Ged Kearney fended off a challenge from the Greens - will be a source of some reassurance to Australia's major political parties.

Mr Marshall, meanwhile, has told a media conference he will implement all of the pledges made by the Liberals during the election campaign.

"Ultimately, caucus will pick the next leader of the Labor Party in South Australia".

Mr Cowdrey is up against Labor candidate and local teacher Angela Vaughan in a seat held by retiring former Labor minister Paul Caica since 2002.

Mr Weatherill attracted praise from all quarters for a generous concession speech to supporters, advising that he had rung Mr Marshall to concede and to wish him the very best as the state's new premier.

"We can build a brighter future for South Australia".

This election was unusual because Nick Xenophon's SA Best party had close to 15 per cent of the statewide vote.

"Connie and Frank will be in the Legislative Council for the next eight years fighting day in and day out on a whole range of issues to ensure the government is truly accountable to the people of South Australia".

Premier-elect Steven Marshall is congratulated by Liberal Party Debuty Leader Vicki Chapman watched on by jubilant supporters on Saturday night
Marshall's Liberals win majority government

The mood turned sombre at Mr Xenophon's Adelaide party as ABC election expert Antony Green projected the Liberals would form a majority government and Mr Xenophon was unlikely to win his own seat.

With Putin's victory amounting to a virtual recoronation, and Labor's return in Batman hardly decisive in Federal terms, the Liberal's result in South Australia was the biggest electoral result of the weekend.

Mr Xenophon came up short in the seat of Hartley, and the party looked unlikely to win a lower house seat as counting continued.

Apologising that he "couldn't bring home another victory", Mr Weatherill said he felt like "one of those horses that has won four Melbourne Cups".

Marshall said South Australians could expect a cut to their emergency services levy bill from 1 July but would not say which of his policies would be implemented first.

"It is a tough job, but I tell you what, I'm really looking forward to it".

Liberal leader Mr Marshall said the people of South Australia had "put their trust, their faith in me and the Liberal team" for "a new dawn for South Australia". It was a crushing result for Xenophon, after a Newspoll prior to Christmas showed SA-Best ahead of both the Liberals and Labor.

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