KMT heavy­weights ral­lied by Hung’s fa­vor­able poll show­ing

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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