Independent Elizabeth Farrelly, who is also contesting Strathfield, met with Labor Party officers in December to talk about running in Newtown.
However, Ms Farrelly, a former columnist for this masthead, is now running as an independent, which could pose problems for Labor if she takes some of their votes.
Despite her departure from politics, Ms McKay has been supporting Mr Li on the campaign trail, and has posted photos on social media of the couple visiting temples in the electorate.
Strathfield is one of four electorates going to the polls on Saturday.
Former NSW Prime Minister Ms Berejiklian sent a letter of support for Liberal candidate Tim James in Willoughby, which also made no mention of Mr Perrottet. Former Transport Minister Andrew Constance did the same for the party’s candidate in Bega, Fiona Kotvojs.
Mr James was not Ms Berejiklian’s pick to replace her in the ultra-safe Liberal seat. Ms Berejiklian supported Willoughby mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, while former federal treasurer Joe Hockey backed journalist-turned-executive Kellie Sloane.
For the first time in history, all voters in the four electorates, which also includes Monaro, have been sent a postal voting pack, which could delay the final declaration of results by weeks.
Willoughby, which Labor is not contesting, is the only seat that is likely to have a result on Saturday.
If the government loses any seats, it will be pushed further into minority and will rely on the crossbench to pass legislation.
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