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Tsai would defeat each KMT rival: TVBS poll

Tsai would defeat each KMT rival: TVBS poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen would defeat any possible Kuomintang opponent if presidential elections were held now, according to an opinion poll by cable station TVBS released Wednesday.
Tsai is already certain of her party’s nomination for the January 16 election, but the KMT has yet to decide who to nominate to succeed President Ma Ying-jeou as his second and final term in office comes to an end.
According to the TVBS survey, KMT Chairman Eric Liluan Chu would be the ruling party candidate coming closest to Tsai’s levels of support, but even he would still finish 6 percent behind the opposition leader, with 36 percent against 42 percent.
Chu has repeatedly said he would not run but instead serve out his term as mayor of New Taipei City. He was re-elected last November, and his term lasts until December 2018.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who has been named more recently as a possible choice, thanks to strong support from some lawmakers, received 31 percent in the TVBS poll, with Tsai scoring 40 percent if she had to face him.
The two earliest contenders on the KMT side, at least according to the media, did not perform well in the television station’s survey. Vice President Wu Den-yih would receive 15 percent to Tsai’s 56 percent, while former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin could finish with 20 percent against 54 percent for Tsai.
In recent days, media have begun speculating about a dark horse candidacy by former Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan, but the survey only gives him 18 percent with 53 percent of the vote going to the DPP chairwoman.
There was no mention of Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, who recently said she might venture into the arena if no other candidate came forward in the near future.
The KMT reportedly wants to start the selection process later this month, with the final choice emerging in June at the latest.