NSW deputy premier John Barilaro (left), NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance (centre) and Liberal Senator Jim Molan (right). (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett, Mick Tsikas)

Eden-Monaro in southern NSW has always been a funny electorate.

For years it was the perennial bellwether seat, before Labor’s Mike Kelly reclaimed it in 2016, having first held it from 2007 to 2013. Since Kelly announced his retirement last week it’s provided a return to pre-COVID political drama as the Coalition tries to work out who to run in the seat.

Just days ago two prominent state politicians — NSW deputy premier John Barilaro and Transport Minister Andrew Constance -- were both being talked about as potential candidates. Now they’re both out of the race.