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Taiwan President Tsai wins DPP primary poll

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wins DPP primary poll over challenger William Lai by 8.2%

Taiwan President Tsai wins DPP primary poll

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has officially won the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary for the 2020 presidential race, defeating her rival former premier William Lai (賴清德) by 8.2 percentage points, reported Formosa Television (民視).

At 12:30 p.m. today (June 13), DPP Chairman Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) announced that Tsai had won the poll by about 8.2 percent over Lai. In response to her victory, Tsai said "thank you" to her supporters for backing her, according to Formosa Television.

According to Cho, the results of the poll show that Tsai won 35.6768 percent of the vote, while Lai received 27.4843 percent. DPP Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) said that the valid sample of the survey was 16,051, including 8,056 calls to landlines and 7,995 calls to mobile phones.

The telephone poll, which weighed landlines and mobile phones equally, was launched on Monday evening (June 10) and was completed at 10 p.m. on Wednesday (June 12). A total of 16,051 valid responses were collected and were tabulated at 10:30 a.m. this morning, easily surpassing the minimum requirement of 15,000 responses.

Representatives of both the Tsai and Lai camps were present when the results were calculated. Lai decided to mount an internal party challenge against Tsai for the DPP's presidential nomination after Tsai led the party to a major defeat in elections for local offices in November 2018.

The poll pitted Tsai and Lai separately against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), both seen as potential opponents in the January 2020 election.

After the completion of today's primary, the DPP's Central Executive Committee will announce the DPP presidential nominee for 2020 on June 19, thus completing the nomination process.

Lai is scheduled to hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today.