Outgoing NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro could have stepped down as Nationals leader and “gone to the backbench”, according to Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell.

Mr Barilaro currently holds the marginal seat of Monaro for the Nationals on a 11.6 per cent margin; however, Mr Clennell said the number was “artificial” because “probably about 9.9 per cent of that was Barilaro’s personal vote”.

The Nationals leader announced his decision to resign just days after Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation last Friday, citing the pressures of public life as a factor in the choice.

Mr Barilaro’s exit from politics has not done new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet “any favours”, Mr Clennell said.

“To have two marginal seat contests … it’s a real challenge.”

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