By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) will represent the oppositionKuomintang (KMT) in the 2020 presidential election, after beating his closest challenger, former Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), by nearly 20 percent in the party's primary.
Announcing the results at a press conference in Taipei Monday, KMT Vice Chairman Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said Han's support rate averaged 44.805 percent in the five different polls that were conducted nationwide July 8-14.
Gou, the runner-up, received an average 27.73 percent support in the polls, which was conducted by five independent polling organizations and collected a total of 15,185 valid samples via landline phone calls, Tseng said.
Among the other contenders, former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) gained an average 17.90 percent support rate, former Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) 6.02 percent, and National Taiwan University professor Chang Ya-chung's (張亞中) 3.54 percent.