He wants to rule alone, but when Greeks vote on Sunday, the conservatives of Antonis Samaras are unlikely to get the support needed to form a single party government.
They and their Socialist rivals, uneasy partners in the current national unity coalition, look set to scrape just enough votes to renew their alliance.
Nonetheless Samaras is still hoping for a last-ditch swing to his centre-right New Democracy party.
Making a last-ditch appeal to voters at a campaign rally in Athens, he called for “stability, a strong mandate, a strong government”.
His chief challenge comes from the PASOK Socialists of Evangelos Venizelos.
However both the big parties have borne the brunt of public anger over painful austerity cuts made in return for debt-stricken Greece’s international bailout. Many Greeks have turned to small, anti-bailout parties to punish traditional politicians they
blame for the crisis.