Taiwan primaries: Lai confident despite slight drop in polls against Tsai

Lai said Monday he hopes for 'Gentleman's battle' in general elections against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu

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William Lai, speaking at an Earth Day event, April 22)

William Lai, speaking at an Earth Day event, April 22) (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –A media poll on the two candidates competing for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) nomination, the incumbent President Tsai and former Premier William Lai (賴清德), suggests that popular support may be leaning towards Tsai Ing-wen, representing a shift in polling among DPP supporters compared to just several weeks ago.

Lai addressed Tsai’s lead in the polls on Monday, stating that while polls are a useful reference, he remains committed to competing in a fair DPP primary election.

In response to media asking about Tsai’s recent lead in polling, Lai noted that there are different polling methods and many possible reasons the numbers move up or down. His slight drop in the polls will serve as more motivation for him to continue working hard to serve the people of Taiwan, says Lai.

He expressed confidence that he is capable of rallying the spirit of the DPP and obtaining the party’s nomination against President Tsai Ing-wen, reports Liberty Times.

After regular media reports stating that Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) is the strongest candidate that the KMT party can put forward, William Lai says that he is hoping for the opportunity to face off against Han in a respectable election contest.

Although Lai still has yet to secure the official nomination of the Democratic Progressive Party, and Han Kuo-yu has so far resisted attempts by the KMT to coerce him into the race, a recent poll claims that William Lai has a good chance of defeating the Kaohsiung mayor in a general election.

Lai has reportedly stated several times that he hopes for a “Gentleman’s battle” (君子之爭) with Han ahead of election day next January 11, reports Liberty Times.