KMT heavyweights rallied by Hung’s favorable poll showing
Ruling Kuomintang ( KMT) Secretary-General Lee Shih-chuan ( ) said Wednesday that the party has not ruled out the possibility of pitching its vice chairpersons and notable politicians to contest a number of difficult electoral districts in next year’s general election.
Lee was responding to media speculation suggesting that a number of KMT vice chairpersons and other high-ranking party figures were boosted by favorable poll results for Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) that were released a day earlier.
He said that Hung’s result was welcome news and that he expects it to boost morale throughout the KMT ranks.
However, the party is still formulating and weighing different campaign strategy options for next year, Lee said.
Hung, the only presidential hopeful to qualify for the presidential primary stage for the ruling party, currently commands an average approval rating of 46.203 percent, exceeding the 30 percent minimum, according to polls conducted June 12-13 by three companies.
Reports indicate that a number of KMT vice chairpersons and other high-ranking party figures have been rallied by Hung’s encouraging standing in the polls, and may throw their hats into the ring for legislative seats in electoral districts that are currently strongholds of the pan-green faction.
Former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin ( ) might set his sights on Tainan, with former Chiayi City Mayor Huang Min-hui ( ) possibly vying for Chiayi City, while Su Jun-pin ( ), head of the KMT’s Organizational Development Committee is said to be eyeing Keelung City and Lin Yi-hua ( ), a KMT Central Standing Committee member, is poised to contest Changhua County, according to reports.
Currently, Huang Min-hui may be the ruling party’s strongest candidate for Chiayi City, according to the KMT’s internal approval polls, said a source familiar with the ruling party.
The source also said that although Lin Yi-hua’s bid might be helped by the fact that she was born and raised in Changhua, few KMT prospective aspirants have stepped forward for what is seen as a difficult challenge.
On Keelung, the source said that the KMT is still on the lookout for local figures who may be able to rise to the challenge before naming their own nominee.