By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – People First Party Chairman James Soong fell far behind
Kuomintang presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu in a poll released by the Apple Daily Wednesday, though Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen maintained a commanding lead.
On Tuesday, independent Shih Ming-te announced he was giving up an attempt to run in the January 16 presidential election because he found it impossible to collect the necessary 269,000 endorsements.
If the election were held Thursday, Tsai would receive 44.18 percent of the vote, a significant jump from 35.67 percent in an Apple Daily poll one month earlier, the newspaper reported.
Hung only dropped slightly more than 1 percent over the past month, from 29.68 percent to 28.49 percent. During the period, she retreated from public sight, giving fuel to rumors that she might give up or be replaced by the KMT. After a few days, she appeared in public again and resumed her campaign activities, denying all the rumors. [FULL STORY]