DUP's Moon Jae-in Wins 7th Straight Primary
Once again, it was Democratic United Party Representative Moon Jae-in grabbing victory in a regional primary, this time in South Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday.
Among a total of some 26-thousand ballots, Moon garnered 45 percent of the votes, followed by Kim Doo-kwan with 44 percent, Sohn Hak-kyu with 9 percent and Chung Sye-kyun with 2 percent.
Moon has come in first in all seven regional primaries held thus far, and he has a commanding lead over his rivals.
In terms of total accumulated votes, Moon, leads the race with 46 percent of the vote.
His next closest competitor, Sohn, has just 22 percent.
However it's not all good news for Moon.
He garnered just 38-percent support in the biggest regional primary held to date over the weekend in North Jeolla Province.
That dragged Moon's overall support level below the 50-percent mark for the first time in the race.
Unless he can raise that support back up by the end of the race later this month, he'll face a run-off.
The DUP's month-long nationwide primary race has now passed the halfway point, and the next one is Thursday in South Jeolla Province, the party's traditional stronghold.
On the other side of the political aisle, the ruling Saenuri Party's presidential nominee Park Geun-hye met with the vice chairman of China's top legislative body Chen Zhili at the National Assembly Tuesday morning.
Chen is the highest female official in China, and is also one of the country's rising leaders.
During the meeting, Park emphasized the value of trust in foreign relations.
Meanwhile, in attempts to unify her party, she set up talks with some of her political rivals within the Saenuri Party, including lawmakers Chung Mong-joon and Lee Jae-oh.
Park's camp is also reportedly putting efforts into scouting some liberals, who are at the opposite end of the party's political spectrum.
Heo Seung-ha, Arirang News.
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