By: Flor Wang, Hou Wen-ting and Liu Kuan-ting
Kaohsiung, Aug. 14 (CNA) The final campaign rallies of the main candidates in Saturday's mayoral by-election in Kaohsiung drew big crowds Friday night even though the outcome in the minds of many is a foregone conclusion.
Former Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Li Mei-jhen (李眉蓁) of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT), and Wu Yi-jheng (吳益政) representing the Taiwan People's Party, are competing in the three-way contest.
The by-election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the KMT's Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who was recalled and removed from the post in June after being elected in November 2018.
Chen, who lost the 2018 race by a 9 percent margin to Han, is widely viewed as the overwhelming favorite in Kaohsiung — a stronghold of the DPP, which had ruled the southern port city for 20 years before Han's election. [FULL STORY]