[Election 2017] Will Chungcheong cast the winning vote again?

By Kim Yon-se

Published : May 9, 2017 - 16:29
Updated : May 9, 2017 - 16:29

Presidential candidates -- who lost in Daejeon, South and North Chungcheong provinces -- lost most past elections.

Front-runner Moon Jae-in was leading in the Chungcheong region until May 3, when the ban on the publication of opinion polls was issued.

The voters in the region are traditionally politically centrist, center-right or conservative in general. But they sometimes cast more ballots for liberal candidates, as they did for Kim Dae-jung in 1997 and Roh Moo-hyun in 2002.

It will be interesting to see how the region votes for the three main candidates -- liberal Moon, centrist Ahn Cheol-soo and conservative Hong Joon-pyo -- in the May 9 elections.

The number of voters in the region comes to 4.4 million including the 189,000 in Sejong administrative city.



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