Kendall Jackson remains philosophical about her failed attempt to unseat Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock.
Mr Brock looks likely to be returned with an increased majority after Saturday’s State election.
Mrs Jackson, a Warnertown publican and journalist, said she had enjoyed the contest.
“I have got lots out of it,” she said.
She understood that she had gained a swing towards her in the Port Pirie booths and said she was happy about that.
“I have called Geoff to congratulate him and wish him all the best,” she said.
“He has some big decisions to make over the next few days and I wish him all the best.
“There is still an opportunity where we could have a change of government and I really hope that this happens for the sake of the State.
“While I am disappointed at not winning the seat here, I am more disappointed for the people of the State if we don’t get a change.”
Labor candidate Marcus Connelly said running for office had been a “learning experience” for him.
“Geoff Brock deserves such a huge win. He has a very high profile and he is a friendly, warm person,” he said.
Labor’s share of the vote in Frome fell from about 18 percent at the 2010 election to about 11 percent under Mr Connelly.
“I am disappointed with the vote, but not devastated or worried about it,” Mr Connelly said,.
“I would encourage anyone to run for election because you learn so much. You get a better view of how it all works.
“I am happy generally that Labor is looking so good.”